California winner will have to share $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot – Los Angeles Times

The chances of winning the record-setting $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot were a ridiculous 1 in 292 million.

But on Wednesday, at least three tickets proved golden. California had one of them, sold at a 7-Eleven in a strip mall in Chino Hills.

In a sign of the frenzy caused by the massive jackpot, scores of people swarmed the store’s parking lot Wednesday night, cheering, taking photos and trying to take in the historic moment.

“I’m really happy,” said an employee of the store at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, which will receive the maximum bonus of $1 million. “It’s very good news.”

The employee, who declined to give his full name because the store owner wasn’t present, said the 7-Eleven had been selling about $5,000 worth of tickets daily over the last few days, and on Wednesday alone sold about $12,000 worth.

“People were crazy,” he said. “Everyone was paying $200, $300, $400” for Powerball tickets.

Florida and Tennessee also reported one winning ticket each.

The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27 and 34 with a Powerball number of 10. An additional 12 tickets in California matched five numbers but not the Powerball.

According to state lottery officials, those tickets were sold at Primm Valley Lotto in Stateline, a 7-Eleven in Chula Vista, Larkfield Union in Santa Rosa, a Chevron station in Santa Cruz, Jerry’s Liquor in Santa Monica, Tustin Fuel and Market in Tustin, Eden Roc Liquor in Pacoima, a 7-Eleven in Vacaville, a Quik Stop in Cloverdale, a 7-Eleven in Redlands, Ted’s Liquor in Gardena and Spot Not Auto Wash and Gas in Irwindale.


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