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November 4, 2013

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November, 2013 | Winners Stories

First Powerball® Jackpot Winner in California Claims $213 Million Prize


Retiree Becomes Second Largest Single Winner in California Lottery History
SACRAMENTO – Carlo “Carl” Mitchell is a calm man – a VERY calm man. So calm, in fact, that even after he found out someone won the Powerball jackpot from where he buys his tickets, he stayed calm. And even after he saw three of his Powerball numbers flash on the television screen during the news, he stayed calm.

They say opposites attract, and in the case of Mitchell and his wife of 27 years, this may very well be true, because Mrs. Mitchell IS NOT calm. As soon as Mitchell and his wife got home from running errands, he went in the house to check the numbers while she stayed in the front yard to receive a delivery of some furniture. When Mr. Mitchell came back out to tell her they had won, it was a good thing they had a sofa on the front lawn. Why you ask? “Because I fainted, I blacked out right there on the new couch,” Mrs. Mitchell explained with a $213 million grin on her face! “I just couldn’t believe it!”

The Mitchells plan to donate to their church, help their family and possibly buy a vacation home on the coast.

Mitchell’s winning numbers: 3-23-31-34-47 and Powerball number 13, were not a Quick Pick® -- they are one of three sets of numbers he plays each week for each of the Lottery’s big jackpot games – SuperLotto Plus®, Mega Millions® and Powerball. “These numbers are random, common, lucky numbers I play all the time,” he explained. Lucky they are! And speaking of lucky, Mitchell has continued purchasing Lottery tickets, calmly asking, “Has anyone ever won a jackpot twice?”  We wonder if he would be this calm the second time around?

This is the first winning ticket that has been sold in California since the state began participating in Powerball on April 8, 2013, and the first time a retailer has earned a $1 million bonus for selling a winning Powerball ticket in the Golden State! Fast N Easy, which is located at 6451 E. Shields Avenue in Fresno, will be receiving – as we mentioned – a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The California Lottery has sold more than $400 million in Powerball tickets since the state began offering the game more than six months ago. Powerball is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for California public schools. The California Lottery contributed more than $1 billion to California public schools in 2012-2013, the 13th year in a row the Lottery has exceeded the $1 billion mark.

Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million. Jackpots start at $40 million and roll by a minimum of $10 million with each draw. 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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