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Winning Powerball ticket: Calif. woman buys winning numbers too late

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Winning Powerball ticket: Calif. woman buys winning numbers too late
Powerball lottery tickets is seen in Washington, DC on November 26, 2012. The multi-state lottery is estimated to reach a record payout of $425 million by Wednesday's drawing. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

One California woman got a major reminder last week that, when it comes to the Powerball jackpot, almost doesn't count.

Margit Arrobio purchased five Powerball tickets at a Pasadena, Calif., gas station on Wednesday, hoping for a shot at the then-jackpot prize of $360 million.

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Arrobio found out Thursday morning she had picked all six of Wednesday's numbers. But the lotto said no winning ticket had been sold.

"I called my gas station where I bought the ticket and I said, 'I don't get it. I have every number and yet they say there's no winner,'" Arrobio told KABC.

Arrobio then realized she had bought the tickets around 8 p.m., about an hour after Wednesday's numbers had already been picked.

The jackpot would eventually top out at $590.5 million on Saturday, when a single winning ticket was sold at a Florida supermarket. As of Monday morning, the prize is still unclaimed.

The winning numbers were 22, 10, 13, 14 and 52, with the Powerball number of 11.

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