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February 21, 2014

One winner for $425M Powerball ticket

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Singh and employees at the store did not know who the winner could be, though he hoped it was one of the store’s regular customers.

The winner has up to a year to come forward and claim the prize and could opt for a lump sum payment of $242.2 million, according to state lottery officials. They advised the person with the winning ticket to immediately sign it and consult an attorney, accountant or financial planner.

The winning numbers — 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34 — were drawn on Wednesday. Only one ticket matched all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said.

The $425 million jackpot was the sixth largest jackpot in U.S. history and the fourth largest Powerball jackpot, state lottery officials said.

A ticket for the nation’s second-largest lottery prize was also purchased in the San Francisco Bay Area. In December, two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta, for a $636 million Mega Millions prize.

Mona Sanders, a California Lottery official who came to the Singh’s gas station, said she was very excited to have two major winners in her district in slightly more than two months.

“I was like, ‘What? Again? Not me,’” Sanders said. “When I found out the winner was again in my district, I was so surprised.”

The nation’s biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million last May.

Wednesday’s drawing also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1 million, and one ticket won a $2 million prize, according to a statement from Rose J. Hudson, chair of the Powerball Game Group and president of the Louisiana Lottery.

Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in U.S. lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.

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