MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million and matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, lottery officials said Sunday.
The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli, the California Lottery said in a statement. Lottery officials said the earliest the ticket could be redeemed is 8 a.m. Monday. The winner has one year to claim the prize.
The store just off a highway caters to retirees who live in Sun City – part of the small city of Menifee – that was originally developed as a retirement community and to motorists passing through the area about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Los Angeles.
Liquor store owner Matthew Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot or what his family will do with the $1 million “retailer bonus” that lottery officials said is set aside for the retailer selling the winning ticket.
“We’re so blessed for this to happen,” said Alberre, who owns the store with his father.
The year began terribly for the family because Alberre’s father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.
“Starting out the year it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world and six months later our store hit the Powerball. We’re very, very grateful for this to happen to our store,” Alberre said.
Sun City residents were wondering if they might know the winner. At a breakfast at the local Knights of Columbus organization, Armand Blais said people there hoped the ticketholder lived in their community and would assist their efforts to build a new church.
“We’re hoping they’re a parishioner and they’ll bring us a check tomorrow,” said Blais, the president of the Sun City Civic Association’s board.
Sun City has about 4,700 homes developed in the 1960s for residents age 55 and older. The homes today are part of Menifee, population 89,000, but those living in Sun City still proudly call the community by its original name, Blais said.
The homes are clustered around a golf course and residents join in activities ranging from tai chi and swimming to woodworking and shuffleboard, according to the association’s website.
The lucky numbers drawn Saturday night were 20-26-32-38-58, and the Powerball number was 3.
Powerball spokesman Randy Miller said the estimated jackpot prize is based on a winner choosing an annuity, which pays off over 29 years. The cash prize would be $279.1 million. Both prize amounts would be before taxes are deducted.
Before the drawing Saturday night the jackpot was estimated at $435 million. The jackpot had grown because no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.
The odds of winning Saturday’s drawing were only one in 292.2 million.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.