Winning ticket sold in Florida for nearly $600 million Powerball jackpotIt's all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching all the numbers to win the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said early Sunday.
By: Associated Press, Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa — It's all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching all the numbers to win the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said early Sunday.
The lone winner was sold at a Publix supermarket location in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told the Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.
The winner was not immediately identified publicly and she did not give any indication hours after Saturday's drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with the ticket.
"This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," O'Connell told the AP. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."
With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone was almost sure to win the game's highest jackpot, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that's after taxes. Saturday night's winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Estimates had earlier put the jackpot at around $600 million. But Powerball's online site said early Sunday that its latest tabulation of the tickets sold put the estimated jackpot at about an estimated $590.5 million.
Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery, confirmed that the Powerball grand prize jackpot — based on the winner sold in Florida — had been reset at an estimated $40 million, or about $25.1 million cash value if a lump sum were elected.
The chances of winning the prize were astronomically low: 1 in 175.2 million. That's how many different ways you can combine the numbers when you play. But lottery officials estimated that about 80 percent of those possible combinations had been purchased recently.
"This would be the roll to get in on," Rich had said before the drawing, noting there were no guarantees and that's "the randomness of it, and the fun of it."
That didn't deter people across Powerball-playing states — 43 plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands — from lining up at gas stations and convenience stores Saturday for their chance at striking it rich.
At a mini market in the heart of Los Angeles' Chinatown, employees broke the steady stream of customers into two lines: One for Powerball ticket buyers and one for everybody else. Some people appeared to be looking for a little karma.
"We've had two winners over $10 million here over the years, so people in the neighborhood think this is the lucky store," employee Gordon Chan said as he replenished a stack of lottery entry forms on a counter.
The world's largest jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.