After more than three months without a winner, a Southern Californian who purchased a Powerball ticket has scooped a record-breaking $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot.
White balls 10, 33, 41, 47, and 56 were selected as the winning numbers on Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. The red Powerball number was 10.
The winning ticket was purchased at Joe’s Service Center in the unincorporated city of Altadena, located northeast of Los Angeles in the foothills.
Joe’s Service Center didn’t immediately respond to a voicemail left for them.
The jackpot, which surpassed the previous record $1.586 billion award won by three Powerball ticket buyers in 2016, was by far the highest lottery prize ever won.
Only four jackpots have previously exceeded $1 billion, but none come close to the current reward, which began at $20 million on August 6 and has expanded significantly over three fruitless months.
Since August 3, nobody has won the jackpot.
On Monday, the jackpot was projected to be worth $1.9 billion, but after further computations, the award was raised to $2.04 billion on Tuesday morning.
The Multi-State Lottery Association reported that a participating lottery experienced difficulties processing sales, which caused the drawing that was supposed to take place Monday night to be postponed until Tuesday.
One participating lottery’s failure to process its sales data was held responsible for the difficulties in conducting a drawing on Monday night.
The drawing may start after the lottery, which wasn’t named, finished its pre-draw processes.
The cooperation of all participating lotteries allowed us to protect the draw’s integrity throughout this historic drawing, according to Drew Svitko, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery and head of the Powerball Product Group.