Who won the $429 million Powerball in New Jersey?
"When they texted me, I thought they were messing with me", Sandoval, 20, who lives and works in Trenton, said in a phone interview from the Chambers Street convenience store on Sunday night. The owner of the ticket is unknown at this time. But Chilel says he has no idea who bought it or when it was sold. Winners of huge lottery payouts sometimes do not come forward publicly for months.
The winning numbers for the May 7 drawing were: 05, 25, 26, 44, 66.
The jackpot was projected to be around $412 million but ended up $429.6 million.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning at Powerball are one in 292 million.
One winning ticket for the $429 million Powerball was sold in New Jersey.
The lump sum option, which is more popular, has a cash value of $269.7 million. Here are some things to keep in mind about Saturday's drawing and future jackpots. The Associated Press has learned that the group that runs Powerball approved, then backed off, changes that would have given ticket buyers more bang for their two bucks than the game redesign implemented previous year.
A store clerk said many people were asking if he knew where the winning ticket was sold or if anyone had claimed the prize. They anticipate the location will be revealed by Monday.
Hedinger said the jackpot is the seventh-largest in Powerball jackpot history.
The only lottery players that have even taken home more money were the three victors from January's $1.58 billion Powerball - who each claimed $528.8 million - and Gloria Mackenzie, a woman from Florida who was the sole winner in a $590 million Powerball in May 2013.