Three Winners of $1.5 Billion Powerball Lottery!

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Three winners of $1.5 billion Powerball lottery will split the world’s largest largest prize. (https://twitter.com/CNN/status/687657676931776515)

UPDATED: After growing to the largest lottery in world history, there were three Powerball winners across the United States.  The states where the winning tickets were purchased were California, Florida and Tennessee.

Winners of $1.5 Billion Powerball Lottery

The correct winners of the lottery not yet come forward.  Here is the first information we have:

California: It was reported that a 62 year-old Pomona registered nurse had won the California portion of the prize.  However, the California lottery is saying they are skeptical and do not believe that is correct.  As it turned out, the woman’s son had played a hoax on her.  The real winner has not yet been revealed.

Tennessee:  The Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee posed this morning with “Today” show anchors, showing off their winning Powerball jackpot ticket.

Photos and more information will be added as it becomes available.

Winning Numbers:

The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball 10.

According to California lottery spokesman Russ Lopez, the three winners will split the $1.58 billion prize, with each winner receiving $528.8 million. However, if the winners take the lump sum payout, which discounts the prize, and then they pay the federal income taxes, each winner will receive about $200 million.

Other Winners:  There were other lucky winners this morning, too.  Three people across the U.S. won $2 million each and 23 people won $1 million each.

Locations of the Three Winners of $1.5 Billion Powerball Lottery

In California, the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills.  In Tennessee, the winning ticket was sold in the town of Munford.  A Publix supermarket in Melbourne Beach, Florida was the seller of that state’s winning ticket.

This was the second Powerball winner in a row to come from Tennessee.

For about two hours, the winner in California thought they might be the only winner, until two other states announced they also had winners.

In California, the winners are exempt from state income taxes, although they will still have to pay federal taxes.

The store owners will also receive $1 million each, less taxes.  The store owner in Chino Hills said he would share some of his winnings with his store employees.

In Munford, Tennessee, the population is only about 6,000 people, so residents of the town are especially excited, waiting to find out who the winner is.

Powerball is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   Many people in other states, as well as Canada, drove across borders so they could participate, as well.

Lottery fever hit the U.S. the past couple of weeks with millions of people across the country lining up to buy lottery tickets, some of them standing in line for hours.  On Wednesday alone, 85 million tickets were sold.

Sources:

ABC “Good Morning America” 1/14/16

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/winning-jackpot-ticket-1-5b-powerball-drawing-sold-california-n496236


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