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Estimated for drawing Aug 30, 2014
Estimated Cash Value: $54,900,000

$656 Million is a Record High for MEGA Millions.

The MEGA Millions jackpot hit its record high in 2012.

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Guaranteed for drawing Aug 30, 2014
Estimated Cash Value: $8,500,000

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Estimated for drawing Aug 29, 2014
Estimated Cash Value: $12,000,000

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POWERBALL Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is POWERBALL?
• POWERBALL is a multi-state, mega-jackpot lottery game. The California Lottery will begin selling tickets for POWERBALL on April 8, 2013. Each play will cost $2. The first POWERBALL draw which includes California sales will be Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Draws will close every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:00 pm PT and winning numbers will be drawn at 7:59 pm PT.

2. Will POWERBALL be taking the place of SuperLOTTO Plus or MEGA Millions?
• No. SuperLOTTO Plus and MEGA Millions will still be available. SuperLOTTO Plus will continue to have draws every Wednesday and Saturday. MEGA Millions will continue to have draws every Tuesday and Friday.

3. What will the jackpot be for POWERBALL?
• POWERBALL jackpots start at $40 million. If there are no Grand Prize winners, the jackpot will increase at a minimum of $10 million per roll.
• If there is more than one Grand Prize winner, the jackpot will be divided equally among them.

4. How is the POWERBALL jackpot prize paid out?
• The POWERBALL prize is paid in 30 annual installments unless the winner determines to choose the Powerball Cash Option.
• The Cash Option for a POWERBALL jackpot must be made by the jackpot winner within 60 days after the Lottery authorizes payment.
• For multiple ownership claims, the prize will be paid as an annuity unless the claimants unanimously elect the cash option.

5. How long do players have to claim prizes?
• As with all the other California draw games (with the exception of a MEGA Millions jackpot prize) players will have 180 days from the date of the POWERBALL draw to claim prizes.  The jackpot can be claimed for up to one year from the date of the POWERBALL draw.

6. Will Group Play and Multiple Ownership Claims be available for POWERBALL?
• Yes.  The maximum number of claimants on a multiple ownership claim will be 100, the same as for SuperLotto Plus and MEGA Millions.

7. How will players find out if they have won?
• Retail Locations: Winning POWERBALL numbers will be found at all California Lottery Retail locations and on this website (just like SLP, MM and the other draw games). 
• Media: Many California newspapers and TV stations will showcase the winning POWERBALL numbers, as well as all other Lottery numbers as a convenience to their customers.
• Check-a-Ticket Machines: Many California Lottery retailers use Check-a-Ticket machines where players can instantly discover if they own a winning ticket.

8. Can a winning POWERBALL prize purchased in California be claimed in another state?
• No.  A POWERBALL winning ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.

9. How will POWERBALL players collect prizes?
• POWERBALL winning tickets will be able to be validated the day after the drawing.
• Just as with all Lottery games, POWERBALL prizes of $599 or less may be collected at a Lottery retail location.
• As with all California Lottery draw games, POWERBALL prizes of $600 or more will be able to be claimed at any California Lottery District Offices. 
• A Winner Claim Form (available at the District Office or downloaded from this website) will need to be filled out and delivered to the District Office or mailed to Lottery Headquaters.  All Claim Forms will be processed  at  Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento and a check will be sent in the mail to all valid POWERBALL winners within six to eight weeks. Download the form here.
 
10. Where will the money go from the sale of POWERBALL tickets?
• The sales from POWERBALL in California will help supplement public education budgets in the State of California just like the sales from all other California Lottery games.

11. Why did California join the Multi-State POWERBALL game?
• The California Lottery is introducing POWERBALL after much study because  our research shows the game will help maximize the amount of money the Lottery can earn for California’s public schools. In addition, there have been many requests from players and retailers that they’d like to see the game in the Lottery’s portfolio of games.

12.  PowerPlay:  Some states offer PowerPlay and California will not. Why?  
• California will NOT offer the PowerPlay feature because all California prizes are pari-mutual by law and PowerPlay cannot be applied to pari-mutual prizes.

POWERBALL Winners
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Two California POWERBALL® Winners Split $1.8 Million!

Two lucky Southern California POWERBALL players are having a great weekend! That’s because they matched five of the six numbers in last night’s POWERBALL drawing and won $900,000 each.
Two tickets in last night’s POWERBALL drawing had the five winning numbers of 26, 36,40, 7, and 12, but missed the POWERBALL number 17. That means those two winners will split $1,835,712.
Those two winning tickets were purchased at Water Gourmet on 3756 West Avenue in Los Angeles, and at Shelly Cafe on 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
Since no one hit all six numbers in last night’s draw, that means Wednesday night’s draw is worth an estimated $222 million! 
 

Traffic Detour Nets Southern California Man $280,000 POWERBALL® Prize

Manuel Moreno should be a big believer in fate because it definitely played a part in him winning a $280,630 prize in last night’s POWERBALL draw. Moreno takes different routes home from work, depending on traffic. Sometimes he stays on the freeway, but if freeway traffic is too heavy, he gets off and takes surface streets home. Lucky for him, last night’s traffic was heavy, so he got off the freeway and as he drove home, he passed Jay’s Market and decided he should stop in and get his POWERBALL tickets for the draw. “It was because of the traffic – I’ve only been there about 10 times in my life,” he explained. As always he let the computer choose his numbers, which means if he had been there any earlier or later than he was, the computer might have chosen different numbers for him. 
Late last night, he heard there was a winning ticket sold in Baldwin Park, and this morning he checked the Lottery’s website to see the winner had purchased their ticket at Jay’s Market. He checked the numbers and they matched – 9, 59, 31, 56, and 19, missing only the Powerball number of 2. Moreno went on to text his wife, “It’s not official, but I think we won just under $300K in the Lottery.” His wife’s reply: “Don’t play around.” Moreno went to the retailer and ran his ticket through the check-a-ticket and promptly came into the Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office to claim his winnings.
Moreno plans to fix up his house and deposit money in his daughter’s college fund. 
As stated, Moreno purchased his ticket at Jay’s Market, which is located at 13414 East Ramona Boulevard in Baldwin Park (Los Angeles County). The other winning ticket, which remains unclaimed, was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 530 Morello Avenue in Martinez (Contra Costa County). Both tickets successfully matched all the numbers drawn, except the Powerball number.

 
VIRGINIA COUPLE CLAIMS $217 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT ON VALENTINE'S DAY
Februaury 14, 2013
Virginia
 
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When Dave Honeywell returned to Richmond International Airport from a business trip, he walked past the Virginia Lottery's two Lottery Express machines in the atrium. Above them, he saw a banner proclaiming that a jackpot-winning ticket had been bought there. The Fredericksburg man smiled to himself and kept walking. The winning ticket was in his pocket.
Mr. Honeywell matched all six numbers in the February 6 Powerball drawing to win the $217 million jackpot. The winning numbers were 5-27-36-38-41 and Powerball number 12. He bought the ticket a few days earlier, as he was leaving on the business trip. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.
The next morning, as he prepared for a meeting in Denver, he checked the winning numbers on the Lottery's website and immediately called his wife, Nancy. "I think my heart has started beating again," he said.
"I thought he might be having a heart attack," she later told Lottery officials.
On February 14, the Honeywells returned to the spot where the winning ticket was bought to receive their check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. They had a choice of taking the full jackpot in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $136.4 million before taxes. They chose the cash option.
Dave and Nancy both work for the Department of Defense. He's a computer scientist and she's a project manager. Although he lives about halfway between Richmond and Washington, he said he prefers to use Richmond International Airport for his frequent business travel because of the ease and convenience.
What does the future hold? Neither Dave nor Nancy have immediate plans to quit their jobs. He said he doesn't want to quit because he's in the middle of an important project. However, his 13-year-old car with 170,000 miles could soon be history.
 
 
 
29 HUMANA EMPLOYEES SHARE $1 MILLION POWERBALL PRIZE
 
March 1, 2013
Kentucky
 
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For at least the past five years, a group of information technology employees at Louisville's Humana headquarters have pitched in a few bucks every week to buy Powerball tickets. A retailer is located in the office tower next door to their building. The most they'd ever won was $16 – until Wednesday night of last week, when the group matched all five white balls but not the Powerball to win $1 million.
The excitement started Thursday afternoon, when pool member Larry Thomas went to the Kentucky Lottery's website to see if any of his Powerball tickets were winners. "I saw where a million dollar winner had been sold next door at Straus, and that's where I buy my tickets," he said. "I checked mine and didn't have any winners." Thomas then printed a copy of the news story concerning the win and showed it to co-worker and pool member Bart Dawson.
"By now it was 3:00 in the afternoon, and we thought we should check with our pool captain (Susan Lea) to see if we had the winner," Dawson said. "I showed her the story and she hadn't heard anything about it." Lea handed out the tickets with the 30 sets of numbers the group had for the drawing and started reading the winning numbers. "She kept reading the numbers, and I kept saying 'yep'," Thomas said.
By this time it was the end of the day, so Lea called a meeting of the group the next morning to make the announcement. "She called a meeting of the group and labeled it as being mandatory and confidential," said pool member Jessie Goodloe. "Folks had no idea what was going on. Several were actually afraid we were about to be fired!" Once in the meeting and the announcement was made, Goodloe said the reaction was incredible. "Lot of dropped jaws, and a bunch of hooting and hollering," she laughed.
The group didn't come in until the Tuesday after the win because they had to take care of one order of business. "There were a couple of folks who contributed every week over the years to the pool who didn't make it in to this one," said Dawson. "One guy had a death in the family, another was traveling, that sort of thing. We all got together on Friday to vote whether or not to include them in the win since they'd been with us for so long, and the group overwhelmingly decided they should be part of this experience."
As for what they'll do with the money, Goodloe said several have already made plans. "I'm scheduling Lasik surgery, and one other pool member called yesterday and booked a trip to Disneyworld for her family," she laughed.
After taxes, each member will receive $23,793.11. The retailer, Straus #15 in the PNC Tower at 5th and Main in Louisville, will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
 
 
  
 
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