The person who bought a Powerball ticket in Southern that won a record $2.04billion jackpot will have to reveal their ID due to California state law.
The winning numbers were selected Tuesday morning, nearly 10 hours after the scheduled Monday night drawing because of problems processing sales data at one of the game’s member lotteries.
The victorious ticket was finally sold after more than three months without anyone hitting the top prize.
However, because the winner purchased their ticket at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California, they will be forced to let the world know of their new fortune.
California not only doesn’t permit lottery winners to remain anonymous, but they are compelled by law to publicly reveal their name and location, according to .
The only states that allow lotto winners to remain anonymous are Kansas, Delaware, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and South Carolina.
The person who bought a Powerball ticket in Southern California that won a record $2.04billion jackpot will have to reveal their ID due to California state law
‘We are excited,’ he said at a press conference with California Lottery. He said he would share the money with his family, including his 11 grandchildren
Joe Chahayed, the owner of Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California, sold the $2.04billion Powerball ticket. Chahayed won $1million for selling the ticket at his store
Officials have argued in the past that transparency from the winner makes everyone aware that their ticket could be the real winner.
They recommend winners change their cell phone number and email, do not respond to calls or texts from strangers and hire both a financial advisor and a lawyer you trust.
The numbers for the drawing held in Tallahassee, , were: white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10.
The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, an unincorporated community in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles.
The winner, whose identity remains unknown, can now decide whether to take the whole prize as a 30-year annuity or opt for an instant lump sum of around $997.6 million.
The , followed by incorrect reports, including by AFP, that nobody had secured the jackpot, sent social media into overdrive – with an avalanche of Powerball memes shared online.
Twitter was flooded with Powerball memes after the drama of the delay
The owner of Joe’s Service Center said lotto officials informed him that his store sold the winning ticket before he opened on Tuesday.
Joe, whose surname hasn’t be released, will win a won $1million share of the prize.
One of his sons said: ‘There’s no one else that deserves it more than this man.’
The official California Lottery Twitter account said it was the state’s first ever lottery billionaire.
It added: ‘We are so excited and we just can’t hide it. Not only did California have the BIG #Powerball winner, three more tickets matched 5 numbers missing just the Powerball in Gardena, Beaumont, and San Francisco. Congratulations to all our players! #CALottery’
Monday night’s draw was delayed until Tuesday morning and a ticket has won the $2bn prize
The jackpot reached an eye-watering $2billion after 40 consecutive draws without a winner
The claim that nobody had won the prize and published on an unofficial Powerball website and Twitter account. That was then widely circulated by a respected news wire, 파워볼엔트리 AFP, and covered by several news outlets.
It’s not yet clear how many tickets were sold for the latest draw – but an estimated 280 million were sold for Saturday night’s draw, when the jackpot was $1.6billion.
By comparison, around 159 million people voted in the 2020 presidential election – about 63 percent of voting-age US residents.
That means it’s likely millions more tickets were sold for Tuesday’s Powerball draw than there will be votes cast in the midterms.
Monday night’s draw for the bumper prize was delayed after an unnamed state said it needed more time to process sales.
Officials carried out the draw on Tuesday morning and also said new calculations revealed the jackpot was around $100million more than the initial estimate of $1.9 billion.
There were before the prize was finally won, which caused the prize to rack up to new heights.
To win the jackpot, a person must match all six numbers. The last time a win happened was on August 3 when one Pennsylvania resident won $206.9 million.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play and are sold in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.
Ticket sales soared after the jackpot hit $1.9bn with around 280million sold for that draw alone
It’s probable more tickets will be sold for Wednesday’s draw than votes cast in the midterms
The winner can either opt to receive an annuity, a series of annual payments over three decades, to receive the $2.04 billion promised, or cash out for a single, lower payment that is significantly taxed.
If multiple people win, then the prize would have to be split.
Before the winner can walk away with a single payment of the prize money of about $1.4billion, a 24 percent federal tax withholding on gambling winnings will be applied.
The windfall would also tip them into the top tax rate of 37 percent. It means federal tax on the lump sum would amount to an estimated $518 million.