The American may claim to be the luckiest person in the world after winning a Powerball jackpot of $2.04 billion.
The huge sum, equivalent to about $2.75 billion Canadian dollars, was won thanks to a ticket purchased at the Joe’s Service garage in Altadena, near Los Angeles, California. The winning combination is 10-33-41-47-56 and Powerball 10.
The California Lottery, which operates lotteries in that state, rejoiced that it achieved its first billionaire.
“Only in California we had our first big Powerball winner, but three other tickets also had a five-figure combination, excluding Powerball, at Gardena, Beaumont and San Francisco.
However, the lucky winner will see his share slip away quickly. He will first have to choose between taking the full jackpot of 2.04 billion over 30 years, or settling an immediate amount of $997.6 million. This amount will also be reduced by a 25% federal tax. On the other hand, the lucky winner is in California, which is a state that does not tax lottery winnings.
The Powerball jackpot has been growing steadily since August 3, when it was last won.
The Powerball jackpot requires getting the correct combination of a series of five numbers ranging from 1 to 69, followed by a Powerball taken from numbers ranging from 1 to 26. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. In other words, a person is 292 times more likely to be struck by lightning (1 in a million) than they are to win a Powerball if they play it only once in their lifetime.
With the jackpot, the prize pool was reduced to $20 million. The next drawing will be held on Wednesday.
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With $2.75 billion, we can…:
- To pay a little more than 300 million Big Mac
- Buy more than 130,000 Toyota Corolla, the most popular car in Quebec last year
- Acquire nearly 35 world class 7500 aircraft, the most luxurious business jet in Bombardier
- Covering the entire budget of Quebec City ($1.65 billion in 2022) for 1 year and 8 months
- Funding nearly half of the Blue Line stretch ($6.4 billion)
- The GDP of the country and the archipelago exceeded Tuvalu (63.1 million USD in 2021), Comoros (1.32 billion USD) or even Guinea-Bissau (1.64 billion USD).
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