After 40 draws with no big Powerball winner, a single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers and was the lucky winner of a nearly $ 700 million jackpot, officials said.
The winning numbers drawn on Monday night were 12, 22, 54, 66 and 69. Powerball was 15. The $ 699.8 million was the seventh largest in US lottery history. No one had won the game’s grand prize since June 5.
According to the California Lottery, the winning ticket was sold at a grocery store in Morro Bay, along the central coast. The winner will be able to choose between the 29-year annuity option or the $ 496 million cash option. Both pricing options are subject to taxes.
Lottery officials will not know the identity of the winning ticket holder until a claim form has been filed, the California Lottery said.
Five million dollar winning tickets were sold; two in Massachusetts and one in Virginia, Florida and Arizona.
The 41st draw set a record, surpassing the previous mark of 36 draws that ended in January 2021. The longer the game lasts without a grand prize winner, the higher the payout.
The jackpot drought was intentional, as the game’s long odds of 292.2 million to one are intended to generate massive prizes that attract more players.
Lottery officials noted that despite the long wait for a winning jackpot ticket, many people won smaller prizes, including 2.8 million players in Saturday’s draw alone. These winnings ranged from $ 1 million to $ 4.
Powerball is played in 45 states plus Washington DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.