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Hunt for Powerball winner who doesn’t know they’ve become an instant billionaire
November 8, 2022
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A lottery winner has become an instant billionaire after bagging the world's largest jackpot.
The lone winning Powerball ticket, sold in Altadena, California has made the winner a whopping $2.04bn (£1.8bn) richer, lottery officials said on Tuesday (Nov 8).
Powerball.com revealed there was one lucky winner in the US state who matched all six numbers – with the odds of this happening estimated to be one in 292.2m, CNN reported.
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Now lottery officials are urging those who entered the Powerball to check their tickets – as while it's unlikely they're the winner, somebody out there will be able to claim the prize.
Carolyn Becker, a spokesperson for the California lottery, said the winner still hasn't come forward.
"Somebody is holding on to a very important piece of paper this morning," she said.
The winning numbers were 10-33-41-47-56, and the Powerball was 10.
The numbers were announced on Tuesday morning after the draw, which was set to take place on Monday night (November 7), was delayed due to a technical issue.
Other lucky winners may also have bagged smaller, but still impressive, prizes – more than 11.2 million tickets won some amount of money, while 22 tickets fetched a $1m prize for matching the five white numbers but not the Powerball – meaning it's still all to play for.
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The jackpot had been worth $1.9bn, which was already a record-breaking sum.
However, the value of the prize grew to $2.04bn by the time the numbers were revealed, “making it the world’s largest lottery prize.”
The jackpot was so big that California lottery officials had to change the sign put up at the shop where the winning ticket was sold – a chain petrol station called Joe’s Service Center just northeast of Los Angeles.
Officials were forced to tape a "B" over the "M" on the sign, which normally reads "Millionaire made here," so it would instead say "Billionaire made here."
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While a winner has not yet been found, the owner of the petrol station, Joseph Chahayed, became a winner in his own right and was awarded $1m for being the retailer who sold the ticket.
He said he had arrived at the gas station on Tuesday morning, prepared for another day of work, before finding officials from the California lottery waiting for him.
Chahayed recalled: "They said ‘Congratulations, your station sent a winner.’”
He added that he hoped the winner was local.
The last time the Powerball jackpot was won was on August 3 in Pennsylvania Before this win, the largest Powerball jackpot had been won in January 2016, when three winners split a $1.586bn prize and each bagged $983.5m.
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