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October 29, 2013

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October, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Woman Claims Powerball® Ticket Sold in Riverside County Worth Half Million Dollars!


SACRAMENTO – Aihong Phan had only purchased two tickets for the Powerball draw on October 19, but that’s all she needed. One of them matched five numbers that Saturday night, and her four dollar investment was suddenly transformed into a prize worth $541,955!

Phan bought her tickets at the Saini Brothers ampm, which is located at 73980 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. The winning ticket successfully matched the numbers 33, 9, 56, 54 and 57, missing only the Powerball number of 5.

Phan says she already has plans for her half-million dollar prize. She’s got older kids and the money is already earmarked for their college tuition. If she’s lucky again, her new investment will transform into a solid future for her family.

Are you next? The Powerball jackpot for tomorrow’s draw is $50 million! The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Jackpot winners have one year from the date of the draw to claim prizes. All other winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim.

Powerball is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.


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