An extended period without a winner of the grand prize came to an end on Wednesday night when a player in California won the $1.765 billion Powerball jackpot.
Numbers 22, 24, 40, 52, 64, and the Powerball 10 were the winning combinations. According to the California Lottery, the winning ticket was purchased at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park.
Calls to Midway Market & Liquor on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning remained unanswered.
There are around 2,600 people living in the unincorporated mountain village of Frazier Park. North of Los Angeles, it is around 75 miles (121 kilometers) away.
“Congratulations have been pouring in on the phone nonstop. Pretty weird,” the store’s night employee, Duke, who only went by his first name, told KCAL-TV.
He grinned and replied, “Somebody owes me a truck.” “There are a lot of clients who come in, and they come in faithfully every day to obtain their tickets. And several of them… promised to buy me a new truck if I won. So where is my truck? I’ll be here to wait. He anticipated that a local person would win.
Since July 19, when a player in California correctly matched all six numbers and won $1.08 billion, there have been 35 consecutive drawings without a large reward.
After increasing for 36 straight drawings, the jackpot is now the second-largest lottery prize in the entire world. The longest streak was 41 draws, which was established in 2021 and 2022.
Final ticket sales increased the jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing over the previously stated projection of $1.73 billion.
The $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won by a winner in California in November of last year was the only top prize to ever be bigger.
The poor odds of 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball are intended to produce massive jackpots, with prizes increasing as they continually roll over when no one wins.
And there haven’t been many victories lately. That didn’t bother many who were eager to spend their money on a remote chance of being rich overnight on Wednesday.