The sixth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was won Wednesday evening by a person who purchased a ticket for the multi-state Powerball lottery in Maryland.
The ticket holder will have the choice between receiving the $731.1 million jackpot in 30 graduated payments over 29 years or a lump sum payment of $546.8 million, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.
The numbers drawn Wednesday were 40, 53, 60, 68, 69 and the Powerball number was 22.
The drawing was the 36th since a ticket with all six numbers was last sold, the longest streak without a jackpot winner in the history of the Powerball game which began in 1992.
There were two tickets sold in Southern California with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, one at a liquor store in Woodland Hills and the other at a convenience store in Redlands. They are both worth $599,639.
There were 11 tickets sold outside California with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number. One that was sold in Maryland was worth $2 million because the player utilized the Power Play option, where for an additional $1 per play, a ticket with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, is worth $2 million.
The other 10 were each worth $1 million.
California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.
The Powerball game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The jackpot for Saturday’s game will be $20 million.
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