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US: Record USD 2 bn jackpot won in California

A Powerball player in California holds the only winning lottery ticket for the USD 2.04 bn jackpot, the game’s website reported on Tuesday, ending a string of 40 drawings that produced no winners and pushed the top prize into record territory.

The ticket holder, whose identity has not been disclosed, has a choice of taking a lump sum of USD 997.6 mln cash or receiving the full amount in 29 annual payments.

The ticket was purchased at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California, about five miles (8 km) north of Pasadena in Los Angeles County.

The odds of matching all six numbers in the drawing – 10, 33, 41, 47, 56 and 10 – were 1 in 292.2 million.

The previous record for a Powerball jackpot had been set in 2016 when three ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee shared a USD 1.59 billion top prize.

The USD 2.04 billion Powerball jackpot ranks as a new world record for a lottery top prize, according to multiple media reports.

The drawing, which had been scheduled for 10:59 p.m. EST on Monday, had been delayed for hours when at least one of the 48 participating state lotteries needed more processing time informed a tweet from the California Lottery. The state in question wasn’t revealed.

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