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May 16, 2013

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May, 2013 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Two Big POWERBALL® Winners from Northern California Come Forward to Claim Prizes


SACRAMENTO – By now we all know that the POWERBALL jackpot just keeps on climbing – up to $550 million (so far) for Saturday night. But along the way, we’ve had quite a few big winners in California, even without anyone winning the jackpot prize.

In fact, two of those winners who matched five of six numbers in recent draws came forward to claim their prizes. The first, Virginia Renwick, came into the Lottery’s East Bay District Office this afternoon. She was one of six big winners of prizes worth $256,317 in last night’s draw. Renwick purchased her ticket at Appian Food and Liquor, which is located at 4247 Appian Way in El Sobrante (Contra Costa County). She successfully matched the numbers 2, 11, 26, 34, and 41, but missed the Powerball number 32.

Right after Renwick’s claim, Rene Plourde came into the San Francisco District Office to claim a $573,694 prize she won on May 11 for matching five of six numbers in that evening’s POWERBALL draw. Plourde purchased her ticket at West Payran Shell, which is located at 900 Petaluma Boulevard North in Petaluma (Sonoma County). Her ticket successfully matched the numbers 6, 23, 19, 43, and 13, missing only the Powerball number of 16.
The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

POWERBALL is a multistate game, played in California and 44 other jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. 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. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 1, or via our website at

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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