MILPITAS, Calif. Feb 20 Lottery officials were
waiting on Thursday to hear from the holder of the single
winning ticket for a $425.3 million Powerball prize bought in
Northern California, a day after announcing the sixth highest
jackpot drawing in U.S. history.
The winning ticket in the nationwide game was bought at a
Chevron gas station in Milpitas, California, about 40 miles
southeast of San Francisco. The retailer will receive a bonus of
Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Lottery, said he
did not expect the holder of the Powerball ticket to come
forward on Thursday, but lottery officials would hold a news
conference later at the gas station.
"The first day is usually that moment when they try to
figure things out, so I would be surprised if we would see them
today," he said of the winner, whose ticket matched all six
winning numbers in the Powerball drawing. They were 1, 17, 35,
49, 54 and 34, according to the Powerball website.
The top prize for the lottery, which is drawn twice a week,
had rolled over and swelled 15 times since the last jackpot on
Christmas Day, said a Powerball spokeswoman in New York.
The winner can either opt to take the full amount as an
annuity paid over 30 years or a $242.2 million lump sum, lottery
In the last two years, Powerball prizes have increased
sharply due to a doubling in ticket prices to $2 and because
California, the nation's most populous state, has joined 42
other states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands in
playing the game.
The biggest winner in Powerball history, from Florida, took
home $590 million before taxes in May 2013.
A delivery driver who shared a $648 million jackpot with one
other winner in a Mega Millions lottery game in December bought
his ticket from a gift shop in San Jose, about 10 miles (16 kms)
(Reporting by Laila Kearney in Milpitas, Calif.; Writing by
Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Leslie Adler)