We have a winner! The Powerball numbers drawn yesterday night were 8, 27, 34, 4, 19 and the Powerball of 10. The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on Chino Hills Parkway in California. According to ABC News, the jackpot reached record levels after 20 drawings with no winner. It was estimated to be nearly $1.6 billion. According to the Texas Lottery, the cash equivalent was $983.5 million.
Details about the winner were tweeted by California Lottery.
We have a winner in California! A jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Chino Hills. We’re still awaiting results from other states.
— California Lottery (@calottery) January 14, 2016
According to news.com.au, the last draw on Saturday won prizes worth more than $US159 million — including 25 who won $US1 million each and three people who won $US2 million each.
Earlier players were required to travel to the lottery’s country of origin to be able to play. But Lottoland was yesterday awarded a 5-year license to the Northern Territory Racing Commission states Business Insider. This will enable Australians to participate online in US state and international lotteries.
Managing Director Luke Brill is delighted for Australian citizens, who can join in on the race to win a mega international lottery via Lottoland. Lottoland’s terms and conditions say residents of any state except South Australia can play US Powerball, reports news.com.au.
According to 9news, this move nudged hopeful Aussies to action. As a result more than 107,000 local punters scrambled to bet on the US$1.5 billion (AUD$2.1 billion) US Powerball jackpot.
The huge volumes resulted in technical difficulties and the website crashed. Brill told the Sydney Morning Herald that he expects to have the site back up and running as soon as possible. “This has blown all our expectations out of the window,” he said.
However, those placing bets need to know that Australian winners will be charged tax an American citizen would, Managing Director Luke Brill told news.com.au that if anyone won a $1.3 billion in the US, the person would receive $US880 million after tax.
To win a prize, players have to choose five white balls from a spinning heap numbered 1 to 69, plus a red Powerball numbered between 1 and 26. The odds of winning are 1:292,201,338 informs Business Insider.