The winning ticket for the projected $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot, the third highest in the game’s history and the sixth largest in American history, was sold in a small neighborhood store in downtown Los Angeles.
The winning numbers in the drawing on Wednesday night were the red Powerball 24, the white balls 7, 10, 11, and 13.
The jackpot winner has the option of taking the entire cash paid out in year-end installments or a $558.1 million lump-sum payout before taxes. According to the California Lottery, winners are not required to accept their prizes in front of the public, but their identities and how the money was spent are public records.
The winning ticket was purchased from Las Palmitas Mini Market, which will earn a $1 million bonus from the lottery, the state lottery said through Twitter.
A few blocks away from Skid Row’s scenes of homelessness and anguish, where thousands of people dwell in improvised shanties that line entire blocks of the neighborhood, it is situated in the city’s Fashion District.
Early in the morning, a throng of reporters came onto the cramped minimarket to speak with owner Navor Herrera. Officials from the lottery erected placards reading “Billionaire made here.”
Both a hub for the West Coast fashion industry and a low-income neighborhood, the 107-block sector is home to small shops that overflow onto the sidewalks and sell clothing, accessories, and materials.
The area attracts shoppers looking for deals, but many stores are closed.
Due to the fact that the greatest Powerball jackpot ever was $2.04 billion in November, which was also won in California, someone in Los Angeles County has now become a Powerball billionaire twice in less than a year. The most recent Powerball jackpot winner received a top prize of roughly $253 million on April 19.
In 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the United States, Powerball is played. Caribbean islands.