California Wins Again as $1.76 Billion Jackpot Goes to Golden State

There were celebrations in California again on Wednesday night as a ticket holder from the state became the latest Powerball billionaire. 

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The grand prize for the drawing on October 11 was worth $1.76 million, or a cash value of $774.1 million, following a long run without a winner dating back to July 19.

One or two more rolls of the jackpot would have carried it past the record $2.04 billion from November 2022, but instead a single entry matched all the numbers - 22, 24, 40, 52 and 64, with Powerball 10. The Power Play was 2X, doubling the value of payouts for lots of players.

The winning ticket was sold in California’s Kern County, at Midway Market and Liquor in Frazier Park.

“Congratulations to the newest Powerball billionaire and the millions of Powerball players who won other cash prizes in last night’s drawing,” said Drew Svitko, Powerball Product Group Chair and Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director. 

“For 31 years, some players who have dreamed about winning a Powerball jackpot have defied the odds, and in doing so, have helped generate critical funding for public services and programs supported by U.S. lotteries.”

“If you bought a Powerball ticket during this jackpot run, please know that a portion of that ticket will stay in your home state to make it a better place to live.”

The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim their prize. Their name will also be revealed when they come forward, as the California Lottery does not allow winners to stay anonymous.

Californian Domination

It is the second-largest prize in Powerball history, and the largest one also went to California. Edwin Castro, from Altadena, eventually came forward to claim the record win last year.

In fact, California has had a hand in all four of the game's biggest jackpots. Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills won a third of the $1.586 billion jackpot in January 2016, along with ticket holders from Florida and Tennessee.

Another Californian player won $1.08 billion in July with a ticket bought in Los Angeles. They have not yet claimed their money.

Go to the Biggest Winners page to find out about all of Powerball’s top jackpots, and be sure to keep your eyes out for more news on the latest lucky player. The jackpot will now start again at $20 million from Saturday night. 

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2023