Bay Area Powerball® Players Split Nearly $6 Million!
SACRAMENTO – Two California Lottery players who purchased Powerball® tickets in San Mateo and San Jose have won $2,939,782 each (less federal taxes). The winning tickets matched five of the six numbers (16-20-37-44-62) from last night’s draw, missing only the red Powerball number 12.
The winning tickets were purchased at Centerwood Liquor which is located at 23 Laurie Meadow Drive in San Mateo, and at Gateway Food & Liquor, which is located at 1305 N Bascom Avenue #G in San Jose. We will not know who the winners are until they submit a winner’s claim form and the ticket is verified by the California Lottery. Centerwood Liquor and Gateway Food and Liquor will also each collect a retailer bonus of $14,699 just for selling the winning tickets. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s prize.)
All players are strongly encouraged to sign the back of their tickets in ink, keep them in a safe place, and submit their claims at one of the Lottery’s nine district offices. Last night’s winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prizes. For a list of California Lottery District Office locations, see www.calottery.com.
Powerball is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PT. The draw closes at 7 p.m., so players must buy their tickets by then to qualify for that draw. Ticket cost $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 23,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky retailers. Please visit the California Lottery website at www.calottery.com for more information on how to play.
The California Lottery’s mission is to provide supplemental funding to California public schools, including kindergarten and grades 1-12, community colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and other California public educational entities. In fiscal year 2017-18 the Lottery transferred more than $1.7 billion to public education. This funding translates to an average of about $211 per student for students attending California’s public schools. During the same period the Lottery generated almost $7 billion in sales, more than 95% of which goes back to the community in the form of prize payments, retailer commissions and bonuses, and contributions to education. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly. Problem gambling resources are available to anyone at 1-800-GAMBLER.