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Powerball Creates New California Millionaires

$2.3 million tickets were sold in Taft and San Jose lottery officials said



    Powerball Creates New California Millionaires
    Bob Redell
    7-Eleven on Almaden Expressway in San Jose sold a Powerball lottery ticket worth $2.3 million.

    At least two Californians are millionaires after matching 5 numbers in the Powerball jackpot over the weekend.

    The jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Florida and players are still waiting to learn the identity of the person who can claim the record-high jackpot of an estimated $590.5 million..

    However, with a pool as high as Saturday’s drawing, a ticket matching 5 numbers is worth a cool $2,309,228.

    Two such tickets were sold in our state - at 7-Eleven convenience stores in Taft and San Jose according to the California Lottery website.

    In all, 769,585 winning tickets were sold in the state of California. The majority of those tickets matched only the Powerball earning ticketholders $3.

    The Florida winner hasn't come forward to claim the largest prize in the drawing.

    The lucky ticket was bought at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., a city of about 13,000 people about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa.

    The winner will have up to two months to claim the estimated $590.5 million jackpot.

    Under Florida law, lottery winners in the state cannot remain anonymous; their names and city of residence must be made publicly available to anyone who asks, according to the state's lottery website. No one had come forward as of Monday morning.

    Lottery spokesperson David Bishop says that winners of big jackpots usually don't rush to claim their prize. They typically contact an attorney or accountant to get their affairs in order.