California winner scores $1.08 Powerball lottery jackpot

A player from California scored the third-highest jackpot in Powerball history during the July 19 drawing.

A participant from California scored the third-highest jackpot in Powerball historical past in the course of the July 19 drawing.

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A lottery player from California has scored one of the largest Powerball jackpots ever, making them the third person from the state to win a billion-dollar prize in the game.

The lucky player bought the winning ticket from Las Palmitas Mini Market in Los Angeles, scoring the $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot in the Wednesday, July 19, drawing, according to lottery officials.

They won the third-largest jackpot in the game’s history.

The highest Powerball jackpot was claimed by Edwin Castro, who won $2.04 billion in November after buying a winning ticket in Altadena.

Three players from California, Florida and Tennessee split the second-highest jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016.

Other players also won big prizes in California in the July 19 drawing.

Seven people won $448,750 after matching five numbers.

In California, all Powerball and Mega Millions prize levels are based on parimutuel calculations.

They “vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the Mega Millions website.”

What to know about Powerball

To score a jackpot in the Powerball, a player must match all five white balls and the red Powerball.

The odds of scoring the jackpot prize are 1 in 292,201,338.

Tickets cost $2 and can be bought on the day of the drawing, but sales times vary by state.

Drawings are broadcast Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:59 p.m. ET and can be streamed online.

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

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy Nationwide Actual-Time Reporter masking the state of Washington and the western area. She’s a journalism graduate from Arizona State College’s Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She’s primarily based in Phoenix.

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