Winners in 3 states to split record $1.6B Powerball jackpot
A record Powerball Jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion will be shared amongst three winners in three different states.
TV news vans converge on the Publix in Melbourne Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. One of the three winning $1.5 billion Powerball tickets was bought here. (Photo: Jim Waymer, Florida Today)
The Powerball lightning bolt finally struck. Lucky ticket holders in three states — California, Florida and Tennessee — will split the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that lured millions of lottery hopefuls into a frenzied buying spree.
The winners beat the 1-in-292.2 million odds by picking the magic combination: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.
The winners can opt for annual payments over decades or an immediate lump sum.
No one has stepped forward yet to claim a share, but everyone now knows where the winning tickets were sold: A 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, Calif.; Naifeh’s Food Mart in Munford, Tenn.; and a Publix grocery in Melbourne Beach, Fla.
Even though the big prize winners haven’t stepped forward publicly, lottery officials were already cutting checks for the retailers that sold the jackpot-winning ticket.
Naifeh’s Food Mart in Munford, a city of about 6,000 people located 30 miles north of Memphis, was set to get a $25,000 check Thursday afternoon. The store is owned by the brother and nephew of former Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh.
Naifeh’s Food Mart in Munford, Tenn., sold one of three winning Powerball tickets, state lottery officials announced Thursday during a celebratory news conference at the small-town store just north of Memphis.
When word spread that a winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, hundreds of people who won’t get a dime basked in the glory anyway, many taking selfies with the store clerk on duty because, well, why not?
“I’m very proud that the ticket was sold here,” the clerk, M. Faroqui, told local newspaper the San Bernardino Sun. “I’m very happy. This is very exciting.”
Store owner Balbir Atwal, noting his lotto machine, called it the “luckiest place in all the planet.”
“I’m very excited and happy,” he told the Sun. “My community has helped me so much, I’m so grateful to them. I don’t know how much I’m getting but I’ll be helping my employees and my family and community.”
Florida’s jackpot winning #POWERBALL ticket was purchased at Publix on Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach! Still no word on who the winner is.
Many locals stood around to cheer and mug for TV cameras that descended on the suburban community of 77,000 residents located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.
“It’s history. We’re all so excited for our city,” said Rita Talwar, 52, who has lived in Chino Hills for 30 years.
Dave Demi didn’t win the Powerball jackpot, but he’s happy about the possibility someone from Melbourne Beach may have. (Photo: J.D. Gallop / For FLORIDA TODAY)
In Florida, the winning ticket was sold at a Publix grocery in Melbourne Beach. An employee told Florida Today the store has been inundated with phone calls.
John Koontz, a front service worker at the store, had just stepped out of his car to show up for work when someone he knew asked him the big question: Was it true?
“They’re all excited. One of the locals just asked me was it true that the winning ticket was sold here,” Koontz said, lining up one of the store scooters in the cart area. “Can you imagine this is happening here at our little store?”
Dave Demi didn’t win the Powerball but said he’s happy about the possibility someone from Melbourne Beach may have.
“I’d say good for you,” Demi said, braving the early morning chill to walk into the Driftwood Plaza Publix to check his ticket for other possible winnings. “I bought two tickets here and two at a convenience store. I did the one Powerball number,” he said chuckling.
Others were also excited. One worker was overheard saying to another, “it happened here.”
We have a winner in California! A jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Chino Hills. We’re still awaiting results from other states.
In addition to the winning ticket, the California Lottery said 12 tickets matching five of the six Powerball numbers were sold for Wednesday’s drawing. Those winners will get a $1 million prize.
Contributing: J.D. Gallop, Florida Today; Natalie Neysa Alund and Jason Gonzales, The Tennessean
Correction: An earlier version of the Powerball by-the-numbers graphic had incorrect information for the $1 million and $2 million winners. They are 73 and 8, respectively.Lucky lottery players beat the 1-in-292 million odds in Calif., Fla., and Tenn.
The jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball® drawing has soared to an estimated $495 million – the eighth-largest jackpot in Powerball game history. The estimated cash option is $300.2 million.
“Jackpot excitement rolls on! The Powerball jackpot is now $495 million,” said David Barden, Powerball Product Group Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO. “Just one $2 Powerball play could be the ticket to this giant jackpot or any of the eight other prize tiers. Have fun and please play responsibly.”
Participating lotteries are reminding players there are nine ways to win in Powerball, and even if their ticket did not match all six numbers drawn, players still may have won a prize ranging from $4 to $2 million.
The jackpot run that started late last year has already produced 33 tickets that have won $1 million and eight tickets that have won $2 million. The Powerball jackpot was last hit in New York in the December 26 drawing. Since then, there have been 22 drawings in a row without a jackpot winner.
The winning numbers in the Wednesday, March 13 drawing were white balls 18, 36, 45, 47, 69, plus Powerball 14, and Power Play multiplier 3X.
Two tickets in New York matched all five white balls, but missed matching the red Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. One ticket in Florida matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million, because the ticket included the Power Play® option for an additional $1. In total, there were more than 1.4 million winning tickets across all prize tiers.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play. Tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.
A portion of every Powerball ticket sold directly benefits the jurisdiction in which it was purchased.The jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball® drawing has soared to an estimated $495 million – the eighth-largest jackpot in Powerball game history. The estimated cash option is $300.2 million. ]]>