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Winning Powerball ticket sold in Florida supermarket

May 19, 2013|By A Times Staff Writer

It was California's first time in a huge Powerball jackpot. But the winner ended up being in Florida.

Someone in the Sunshine State managed to nail all six numbers in Saturday night's $600-million Powerball jackpot. That golden ticket was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, near Tampa.

The identity of the winner has yet to be announced.

But two California players who picked five of the six numbers will each win $2.3 million, lottery officials said.

The winning California tickets were sold at 7-Elevens in Taft and San Jose, said California Lottery spokesperson Donna Cordova.

The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and Powerball 11.

The lottery involves 43 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

California joined Powerball last month.

Alex Traverso, a spokesman for California Lottery, said he’d received reports of long lines at stores statewide and that as expected, hopefuls were piling up outside outlets known to have sold winning lottery tickets in the past.

The most popular location in the state, he said, appeared to be the Primm Valley Lotto store at the Nevada border, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

“We have reports that there are three-hour waits there,” Traverso said. “It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so to see all of these people standing outside the store is kind of stunning.”

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million. A winning player must match five numbers along with the Powerball number.


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