A kiosk displays Powerball lottery tickets at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona – Copyright AFP AHMAD GHARABLI
A single ticket sold in California fetched $2 billion on Tuesday after a delayed U.S. lottery draw.
Only one of the millions of tickets sold across the country matched all six numbers in the Powerball draw, the California Lottery said.
“California Lottery makes its FIRST billionaire!” the organization tweeted.
“A lucky ticket sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena matched all 6 numbers in the November 7 #Powerball draw. The final jackpot amount for this draw was $2.04 billion.
The draw, which was originally scheduled to take place on Monday evening, was postponed after a participating lottery needed more time to complete security protocols due to high demand for tickets.
The winner, who was not named on Tuesday, can choose to take a one-time lump sum, estimated to be around $1.4 billion, or the full amount in annuities over three decades.
Most winners choose the lump sum payment.
Powerball tickets are sold in almost every state – 45 out of 50 – as well as Washington DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
But California players did very well in the draw, the California Lottery said.
“We are so excited and we just can’t hide it. Not only did California have the BIG #Powerball winner, but three other tickets matched 5 numbers just missing the Powerball in Gardena, Beaumont and San Francisco. Congratulations to all of our players!”
Until Tuesday’s win, no jackpot had been drawn since August 3, when a lucky ticket holder in Pennsylvania scooped around $206.9 million.
Since then, 40 consecutive draws have produced no winners and the Powerball jackpot has continued to grow.