Single ticket wins $447M Powerball jackpot

There is at least one winning ticket for Saturday's $447.8 million Powerball jackpot, and California Lottery has confirmed that it was purchased in Southern California.

According to HuffPost.com: The grand prize in the multi-state USA lottery soared to its highest in months after 19 straight drawings failed to produce a victor.

The exact location of the victor isn't immediately known, but the lucky soul who picked 20-26-32-38-58, and Powerball 3, was based in the Golden State.

Earlier estimates had the jackpot at an estimated $435 million, after Wednesday's drawing failed to yield a victor for the top prize as no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.

The jackpot is the tenth biggest in USA history and has odds of winning that are one in 292 million.

No other winners in New Jersey have been announced, but the lottery said in a statement that 2,750,331 players won prizes totaling $21.1 million. That prize was split among three winnners.

The earliest the victor could claim their prize was 8 a.m. Sunday; the victor will have one year from the draw date to come forward.

The grand prize reached an estimated $447.8 million. Those figures are just the amounts withheld up front; your final tax burden is likely to be even higher.

Alberre said it was the third ticket sold at the store worth over $1 million, and by far the largest.

This big score will come in handy for Alberee's family, after his was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis earlier this year. California is one of 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that participate in Powerball. The homes today are part of Menifee, population 89,000, but those living in Sun City still proudly call the community by its original name, Blais said.

  • Larry Hoffman