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June 3, 2013

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June, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Man Claims Multi-Million Dollar POWERBALL® Ticket Sold in Kern County


SACRAMENTO – Wait no more. We now know who the lucky person is who bought that big winning POWERBALL ticket in Taft two weeks ago. Keith Watkins claimed his prize at the California Lottery’s Central Valley District Office. Remember, that ticket and another one sold in San Jose matched five numbers in the historic May 18 draw, missing only the Powerball number. These tickets were one number shy of hitting the jackpot, a POWERBALL record of $590 million, but are each worth $2,309,228! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t complain if I scored that as a consolation prize.

Both winning tickets successfully matched the numbers 22, 10, 13, 14, and 52, missing only the Powerball number 11. The $2.3 million winning tickets have something else in common. Both were sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores. Watkins bought his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 1124 6th Street in Taft (Kern County) – See photo image below. A 22-year-old college student has claimed the other ticket, which was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Jose (Santa Clara County).

One ticket sold in Florida hit the jackpot during that May 18th draw. Like you, we’re anxious to learn who bought that ticket, but the winner still has not come forward.

California began selling POWERBALL tickets on April 8, 2013 as part of the Lottery’s mission to increase supplemental funds for California’s public schools and colleges. It is projected that adding this to our portfolio of games will help generate an additional $50 million for public education in our state. 

It also creates a wealth of excitement. Including the two $2.3 million winning tickets a total of 769,585 tickets sold in our state came up winners that night!

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. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL draw.

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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