After 40 draws with no winner, one person in California wins the $699.8 million Powerball jackpot on Monday.
The Powerball jackpot grew to $699.8 million for Monday night’s drawing after 40 rounds with no grand prize winner, with one lucky person claiming the award, one of the greatest in US lottery history.
The winning numbers on Monday were 12, 22, 54, 66, 69, and 15 for the Powerball.
According to Powerball, one person has won the jackpot. The winner was from Morro Bay, Calif., a coastal city of approximately 10,000 people with a typical income of roughly $68,000, according to the California Lottery.
The winner will have the option of choosing between a 29-year annuity or a $496 million cash payout. Taxes apply to both of them.
The winner’s identity was not immediately revealed, but according to the California Lottery, the winner’s name, as well as the location where the winning ticket was sold, must be made public under California law.
A jackpot of this size doesn’t come around very frequently, and when it does, we see an inflow of new players, which drives the jackpot even higher,”
May Scheve Reardon, head of the Powerball Product Group and executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said in a statement before Monday’s drawing.
“Players should double-check their tickets because they may have won a lower-tier prize even if they didn’t win the jackpot.”
The winning numbers were 28, 38, 42, 47, 52, and Powerball 1 on Saturday.
While no grand prize winner was announced, more than 2.8 million tickets were sold, with rewards ranging from $4 to $1 million.
In Massachusetts, one ticket matched all five white balls, while 66 others matched four white balls plus the Powerball to win $50,000.
According to the Associated Press, Saturday’s big prize of $635 million would have been the tenth-largest lottery jackpot in the United States.
Prior to Monday’s drawing, the Powerball jackpot was last struck on June 5, when a ticket worth $285.6 million was purchased in Florida.
According to lottery authorities, the 40 consecutive drawings without a grand-prize winner set a new record for the game.
Powerball has begun doing a third weekly drawing since August 23 in order to grow jackpots more quickly.
In 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, tickets are available for $2 each play.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, the drawings are live-streamed.
Prizes in the millions of dollars typically attract a swarm of “jackpot chasers,” occasional players who buy tickets on the spur of the moment, wondering, “Why not?”
The total then skyrockets. It’s all on purpose, with massive jackpots piqueing public attention and attracting new participants.
“We had strong ticket sales over the weekend,” Reardon said, “and generally, we see the majority of ticket purchases on the day of the drawing.”