$1.6B Power­ball jack­pot goes to three win­ners in three states

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

An un­prece­dented $1.6 bil­lion Power­ball jack­pot that be­came a na­tional fas­ci­na­tion will be split three ways, by mys­tery win­ners in Florida, Ten­nessee and Cal­i­for­nia.

The win­ners did not im­me­di­ately iden­tify them­selves Thurs­day, but they bought their tick­ets in Mun­ford, a town of about 6,000 in Ten­nessee; the mod­est Los An­ge­les sub­urb of Chino Hills; and at a su­per­mar­ket in Mel­bourne Beach, Florida, where res­i­dents of a nearby hous­ing de­vel­op­ment were heard par­ty­ing loudly af­ter Wed­nes­day night’s draw­ing.

Spain’s mas­sively pop­u­lar Christ­mas lot­tery, known as “El Gordo,” is ranked as the world’s rich­est, though it doles out mil­lions of prizes rather than one large jack­pot like the Power­ball.

The win­ners of the world-record Power­ball jack­pot over­came odds of 1 in 292.2 mil­lion to land on all the num­bers: 4-8-19-27-34 and Power­ball 10. They can let the jack­pot be in­vested and thereby col­lect 30 an­nual pay­ments to­talling an es­ti­mated $533 mil­lion, or split $983.5 mil­lion in cash all at once.

The Cal­i­for­nia ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven; the Florida ticket at a Publix gro­cery store. Ten­nessee of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately say which of the three Mun­ford stores of­fer­ing Power­ball tick­ets pro­duced the win­ner. That store will get a $25,000 check; Florida’s store col­lects $100,000, and Cal­i­for­nia lot­tery spokesman Alex Traverso told The As­so­ci­ated Press that a $1 mil­lion bonus will be shared be­tween the Chino Hills store owner and the 7-Eleven com­pany. The amounts that fol­low each state’s rules.

AP PHOTO

7-Eleven store clerk M. Faro­qui cel­e­brates with cus­tomers af­ter learn­ing the store sold a win­ning Power­ball ticket in Chino Hills, Calif.

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