Three lucky people in California, Florida and Tennessee have won their share of the record-breaking $1.6billion Powerball lottery, according to officials.
Three individuals matched five numbers in last night’s draw of 8, 27, 34, 4, 19 and the powerball of 10 in order to beat the 292million-to-one odds and win their share of the largest jackpot in history.
The first winner was reported in Chino Hills, California, late last night where dozens of people gathered to party at the 7-Eleven store where the ticket was purchased.
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At least one lucky person has scooped last night’s record-breaking Powerball jackpot having bought their ticket at this 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills, California, where crowds have now gathered to celebrate
The Powerball numbers were revealed last night as 08, 27, 34, 04, 19 with a Powerball number of 10 – the winning contestant has matched all six numbers at odd of 292million-to-one
Crowds have been pictured barging their way into the 7-Eleven store where they have begun celebrating with this store clerk, named locally as Mfaroqui who employees believe likely sold the winning ticket
The winner of last night’s draw, who bought their ticket in this store, will receive a cash payout of $930million – which will be untouched by California state taxes
Hundreds of people have been pictured inside the store in Chino Hills celebrating and dancing with clerk Mfarouqi – despite none of them actually winning any money
The other two winners were reported in Tennessee and Florida early this morning, although there is no information yet on where exactly those tickets were purchased.
The winners will be able to collect their newfound riches in a lump sum of $310million each, though they will be hit with the top rate of 39.6 per cent federal tax.
That will take each individual pot down to $187,240,000, before state taxes are applied, although California, Tennessee and Florida don’t apply any additional charges on lottery winnings.
Had there been only one winner, then the total individual payout would have been $561,720,000.
Residents celebrate at the 7-Eleven store where one of the winning Powerball tickets was sold in Chino Hills, California
Organizers of the Powerball said that ahead of last night’s draw there was an 85 per cent chance of somebody picking the winning combination due to the hundreds of millions of tickets sold
The current jackpot, the first in U.S. history to break $1billion, has been rolling over since November 7 after lottery organizers decreased the chances of winning dramatically
The odds of scooping the Powerball use to be one-in-175million, but that was upped in October last year to one-in-292million in response to a dip in ticket sales
Chino Hills, where one of last night’s winners likely lives, sits to the east of Los Angeles and is already one of the richest places in the country.
The news that the winner is located close to LA will perhaps be good news for the so-called ‘King of Instagram’ Dan Bilzerian who lives nearby and boasted that he spent $100,000 on tickets.
The playboy, whose social media accounts are covered in pictures of guns, fast cars and bikini-clad women, claims to have made his money primarily thanks to playing poker professionally, which he says he took up in college.
Since the numbers were drawn, dozens of people have taken to social media in order to claim that they have the winning ticket, including Erik Bragg (pictured) from Chino Hills
While some of the apparent forgeries appear quite sophisticated (left), others are less convincing (right)
Meanwhile other Twitter users were offering to dish out millions of dollars to people who messaged them after claiming to have picked the winning numbers
However, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he admitted to getting some of his cash from his father, Paul Bilzerian, a corporate raideraccused of fraud for inflating the prices of companies he had a stake in, before raking in the profits.
At one point in the Nineties he was slapped with $62million in fines by the Securities and Exchange Commission, though only paid back a paltry $3.7million, Vice News reports.
In the six states that don’t take part and sell Powerball tickets, some people have been forced to travel hundreds of miles just for their chance to get their hands on the top prize.
Both Hawaii and Alaska don’t take part in the Powerball draws due to the distance between them and the mainland United States.
Religious beliefs mean that those in Alabama, Mississippi and Utah, are also unable to get tickets, with people travelling to border towns in order to be in with a chance of victory.
Yesterday, the so-called ‘King of Instagram’ Dan Bilzerian – who lives in the Los Angeles area, where the mystery winner is from – revealed that he bought $100,000 worth of tickets
The playboy, known for his Instagram feed of boats, cash, guns, fast cars and bikini-clad women, is already a multi-millionaire thanks to poker winnings and money inherited from his father
Meanwhile floods of people crossed state lines from Nevada, where they don’t play the Powerball due to a nod to the state’s casinos, into California.
This resulted in a line of hundreds of people outside the Primm Valley Lotto Store off Interstate 15 on the border between Nevada and California, who were bundled up in scarves and coats as they waited in freezing temperatures.
One of the was William Burke, who drove 45 minutes Monday from his home in Henderson, Nevada, to buy 10 tickets costing $20.
He waited three hours to buy his tickets with the store being named as one of the nation’s busiest lottery retailers.
Mr Burke, a Vietnam veteran, said: ‘I thought maybe I’d be part of history.’
Elsewhere in Utah, people have been crowding gas stations to buy tickets along the border with Wyoming and Idaho.
California (pictured) saw more Powerball tickets purchased than any other state, thanks in part to the fact that payers there pay no tax on their winnings
People line up outside the Primm Valley Casino just inside the California border from Nevada to buy tickets for last night’s Powerball draw
People were bundled up in coats and scarves as they waited for almost three hours to get their hands on tickets
The Primm Valley Casino lottery store is one of the busiest lottery terminals in the U.S. due to its close proximity to Nevada, where they don’t play Powerball
While people in Alaska said they were asking friends and family in nearby states such as Oregon to buy tickets on their behalf.
It comes as the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball, reports that some of the biggest ticket sales come from border cities.
Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, said: ‘What that means for policymakers, that’s their business.
‘I’m sure they’re watching those dollars flow out of their state.’
Down south in Florida one pair of friends bought tens of thousands of tickets.
Ryan McGuinness and Shane Krugman organized a lottery pool in Tampa that has about 270 participants who have chipped in at least $500 and bought more than 67,000 tickets.
And it’s not just office pools. Stores across the country report people coming in and buying hundreds of dollars of tickets just for themselves.
The lottery is by far the largest in U.S. history – and the first prize in the billions.