Winning Powerball Ticket Worth Nearly $700M Sold in California

The winning numbers for Monday's drawing were 12-22-54-66-69 and a Powerball of 15

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After 40 consecutive Powerball drawings without a winner, someone at last has hit the jackpot.

A single ticket sold at an Albertsons grocery store in Morro Bay, California, matched all six numbers drawn Monday night to win the $699.8 million prize, the California lottery reported.

The winning numbers were 12-22-54-66-69 and a Powerball of 15. The Power Play was 2x.

After climbing to $699.8 million on Monday, the jackpot was the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history and the fifth-largest top prize ever for Powerball.

The $699.8 million prize is if the winner chooses the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Nearly all big winners take the cash option, which for Monday night's drawing will be about $496 million. Both prize options are also subject to taxes.

Five tickets matched all five white balls but missed the Powerball. Those tickets are worth $1 million each and were sold in Arizona, Florida, Virginia and Massachusetts, which had two. One ticket sold in Tennessee matched the five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million by opting for the Power Play feature. That cost an additional dollar.

Wednesday's drawing resets to an estimated $20 million jackpot, or $14.2 million cash option.

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Since Aug. 23, Powerball drawings have been held three times a week to increase interest and grow prizes more quickly. Drawings are held each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EDT.

One thing that hasn't changed, though, are the long odds of winning the jackpot — one in 292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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