Winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9. At a packed Pat's Diner in Trenton, rumors over who the Powerball victor could be were racing as fast as the wait staff Sunday night.
"It's great that they got it here", he said. "Usually if there's talk, it's probably true", said Wayne Chamberlin of Lawrenceville. It was bought at a 7-Eleven store on Chambers Street in Trenton.
As reported by CBS News, New Jersey Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger said in a statement, "Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event". The only other tickets worth more were the three tickets that hit the winning numbers in the $1.58 billion Powerball drawing in January.
The jackpot to this huge lottery game is always an awe-inspiring number, but many times, lottery players forget to buy tickets, or simply do not have time to get to a lottery ticket sales point to pick one up.
The ticket holder has not come forward to claim the prize. Cripe said a victor, or co-winners, electing a one-time cash payout will receive $284.1 million. Sandoval, who has worked at the 7-Eleven for two years, said he has no idea who the victor might be.
This isn't the first time Powerball luck has struck in New Jersey.
After 17 weeks without a victor, Powerball officials say the payout is estimated to be $429.6 million, the ninth-highest US lottery prize in history.
Under New Jersey law, 25% of the winnings will be withheld for federal taxes, and the state will take a 3% cut. Congratulations to the ticketholder(s) and to the retailer who sold it. The victor and the retailer that sold this $429.6 million winning ticket will be added to the national Lottery historical record.
In addition to the big victor - or winners if it was a group purchased Powerball ticket - four winners in New York, Illinois, California, and Virginia chose five correct Powerball numbers and won $1 million each.