Some hope California winner of $447M Powerball helps area

Posted June 12, 2017

The owner of the California deli that sold the sole jackpot winning Powerball ticket on Saturday calls the win "unbelievable". The last time anyone won the jackpot was April 1.

That ticket, sold in Sun City, California, is worth $447.8 million - or a one-time cash payout of $279.1 million - making it the 10th largest jackpot ever in the United States.

Officials said the earliest the ticket can be redeemed is Monday. The store just off a highway caters to retirees who live in the part of Menifee known as Sun City, which was developed as a retirement community in the 1960s.

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This year started out tough for Alberre and his father because the father is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis lung disease. "That's the soonest they'll be able to claim their prize", California Lottery said in a statement. "And I'm very thankful for what happened".

The largest lottery jackpot in US was just in January of previous year, when three winners split a total of $1.8 billion.

Previous year a Powerball jackpot swelled to $1.5 billion.

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The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292 million.

Officials say the retailer where the winning ticket was sold will receive a $1 million "retailer bonus". California is one of 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that participate in Powerball.

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