7-Eleven clerk M. Faroqui celebrates after selling a winning Powerball ticket. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo
7-Eleven clerk M. Faroqui celebrates after selling a winning Powerball ticket. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo



A 62-year-old nurse in Pomona is believed to be about $300 million to $500 million richer Thursday, with reports she is holding a jackpot-winning Powerball ticket given to her by her boss.

One winning ticket for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing was sold in California, at the 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills. The holder of that ticket will share a $1.586 billion jackpot with winners in Florida and Tennessee, lottery officials announced late Wednesday.

The owner of that ticket from Chino Hills has not come forward or been officially identified.

The Jewish Journal, however, reported that the winner is a nurse at Park Avenue Healthcare and Wellness Center in Pomona. A representative for owner Shlomo Rechnitz told the paper Rechnitz purchased 18,000 Powerball tickets and distributed them to employees and residents at all of the nursing homes he owns.

The winner, who has seven children, six of whom are also nurses, was working Wednesday night when the numbers were drawn, and reportedly finished her shift before going home around 11:30 p.m.

Earlier Thursday, a man who bought a ticket in Pacoima that matched five numbers, but not the Powerball number of 10, came forward to claim his prize. Arturo Velasquez was one of 12 people in the state who matched five numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.

“I’m a little sad. I wanted to win it all,” Velasquez said in an interview with Lottery officials.

The news wasn’t all bad for Velasquez, who still won $638,146 for matching the numbers 4, 8, 19, 27 and 34.

He bought his ticket at Eden Roc Liquor, 13404 Van Nuys Blvd. in Pacoima.

According to Lottery officials, there were 11 other similar tickets sold in California — in Santa Monica, Tustin, Gardena, Irwindale, Chula Vista, Redlands, Nipton, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Vacaville and Cloverdale.

A large and jubilant crowd began packing the Chino Hills 7-Eleven shortly after the news broke Wednesday night about the sale of the jackpot ticket, spilling into the parking lot and whooping it up late into the night for TV news cameras. Many chanted “Chino Hills! Chino Hills!”

The 7-Eleven owner received $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Each third of the jackpot is worth $528.8 million if taken over 30 years, or $327.8 million if taken as a one-time payment. That’s before federal and state taxes, however, which combined can exceed 40 percent of the total.

The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, but California leads the country in Powerball ticket sales.

— City News Service

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