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Celebration at 7-Eleven after selling a winning Powerball ticket, in Chino Hills, California. Photo: REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot to be split 3 ways

The forever-rising Powerball jackpot has finally found its winners! The incredible $1.6 billion jackpot will be split three ways.

The winning tickets for Wednesday night’s jackpot, which set a world record, were sold in suburban Tennessee, Los Angeles and Florida, according to California lottery officials and CBS News.

The California Lottery wrote on Twitter: “It’s official! There were 3 jackpot-winning tickets in tonight’s #Powerball draw: California, Florida & Tennessee.”

Each of the winning three tickets is worth $528.8 million, according to the California Lottery. The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10.

The winners’ identities have not been announced, and it is possible that we may never know. The winners in Tennessee and Florida have not stepped up, said lottery officials in those states, and no one from California has tried to claim their fame.

But, we do know where the winners bought their tickets.

One ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills, which is east of L.A., said California Lottery officials. The two other Powerball-winning tickets were sold at a Publix grocery store in Melbourne Beach, Fla. and at an unknown location in Munford, Tenn., lottery officials confirmed.

This is the second year in a row that a Powerball jackpot winner emerged from Tennessee, according to Reuters. The last lottery winner got lucky in November, when a ticket holder claimed $144.1 million in Tennessee.

Wednesday night’s drawing for the $1.586 billion prize was the largest prize North America has ever seen. The odds of picking the right number were 1 in 292 million!

Many people gathered at the 7-Eleven in California after they found out a winning ticket had been sold there. Several customers took photos and congratulated the sales associate. Lottery officials say the store will get $1 million in bonuses.

The store’s owner, Balvar Atwal, told CBS Los Angeles that selling the winning ticket was “amazing.” “It feels so good!” he exclaimed.

To get the full amount of the prize, winners must accept a multi-year annuity instead of a lump sum payout, which was $983.5 million. Winners must pay 39.6 percent of the jackpot in federal income taxes on top of any state taxes.

For every dollar worth of Powerball sales, 50 percent goes to prizes, 40 percent goes to various causes and 10 percent goes to retailers who sell the tickets and administrative costs, Reuters reports.

If there weren’t any winners on Wednesday, the prize would have been bumped up to nearly $2 billion, putting the cash value at $1.24 billion.

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com