Only player wins historic prize of R$ 10 billion in the Powerball lottery
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A single player managed to win the prize of around R$ 10 billion in the most famous lottery in the United States, the Powerball. The contest was scheduled for the dawn of this Tuesday, 8, but was postponed for security reasons. The tens drawn were: 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, with another “10” like Powerball.

To win the first prize, it is essential to match 5 out of 69 numbers and 1 PowerBall between 1-26. There is also the option of the bonus ball, the PowerPlay, which can be added to the single bet, increasing the value for all prizes, except the main prize and the second prize (where the value is fixed).

Winner still hasn’t shown up to claim Powerball prize

The organization reported that the winning ticket was sold at a gas station in Pasadena, California. According to The New York Times, it’s the first time the lucky guy has purchased a ticket at the venue. So far, the gambler has not yet been identified, nor has he come forward to request payment of the prize.

The owner of the gas station is also entitled to pocket the sum of US$ 1 million (R$ 5 million) for being the place responsible for selling the ticket to the lucky person. “We guarantee that one day you’ll be a winner, too,” said the station’s owner, Joseph Chahayed, who vowed to spend the money on his family and grandchildren.

The $1.9 billion prize pool is the largest since 2016, when three players shared $1.586 billion. In addition to the new billionaire, more than 11.2 million punters will also receive different amounts for hitting fewer tens. In all, in addition to the main prize, US$ 98.1 million in prizes were distributed.

In a statement, the Powerball organization explained that one of the 48 lottery houses linked to the game was still processing “sales and betting data.” All lotteries must pass all data on tickets sold before the draw.

In the United States, each ticket can be sold for US$ 2 (about R$ 10).