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Single ticket in California takes $700 million Powerball jackpot

Single ticket in California takes $700 million Powerball jackpot
The winner will receive the jackpot in either a lump sum or a number of payments over three decades. Most opt for the lump payment, which for the new winner would be about $496 million.  File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- After weeks of growing into the seventh-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Powerball will now return to about $20 million after a single ticket in California won the $700 million pot on Monday night.

The winning ticket was bought at a grocery store in Morro Bay in southwestern California, lottery officials said.

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The winning numbers were 12, 22, 54, 66 and 69 with a Powerball number of 15. Lottery officials said five other tickets matched all the regular numbers but missed the Powerball number. Those winners will receive $1 million each.

The Powerball lottery kept growing for 40 consecutive drawings before a winner finally claimed the pot on Monday night.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 292.2 million to 1. The last winning ticket was sold June 5 for $285.6 million.

The winner will receive the jackpot in either a lump sum or a number of payments over three decades. Most winners opt for the lump sum payment, which for the $700 million pot would be about $496 million.

It's the fifth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Lottery officials said the pot was the first one to be won on a Monday night drawing. Before adding a third weekly drawing in August, Powerball traditionally held just two per week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Now that the jackpot has been won, the next pot for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday will be worth about $20 million.

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