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Powerball Winner: $425 Million Jackpot Hit at California Gas Station

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 06:56 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A Powerball $425 million winning ticket was sold at a  Chevron gas station near San Jose, Calif., in the city of Milpitas on Wednesday night. The winning numbers were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 with a Powerball of 34.

According to Powerball officials, the winning ticket was the only one to match all six of the lottery numbers drawn. The jackpot, estimated at $425.3 million, is said to have a cash payout of $242.2 million, the Associated Press reported.

While the winner who beat the one in 175 million odds of winning Powerball has yet to come forward, employees at the Chevron gas station are already beginning to stake claims on who sold the winning ticket.

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"I've been here working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," Chevron employee Rajwinder Singh told the AP. "I hope I'll find out soon."

"When we got the call, we thought it was a fake number," another employee Gurdharam Sohel added in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. "We didn't believe it was real until the media came."

The business will receive $1 million for having sold the winning ticket.

This is the second time in a matter of several months that a person near San Jose has won a large lottery jackpot.

In December, Northern California delivery truck driver Steve Tran claimed a $173.8 million cash prize for having one of two winning Mega Millions tickets for a jackpot of $636 million. The ticket's value was reduced after federal taxes and the lump sum cash prize option was applied to his winnings.

After realizing he had won the jackpot, Tran told reporters that he phoned his boss and left a message that went something like, "I’m really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever," according to a Mega Millions press release.

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California Lottery Alex Traverso told the Mercury News that it was "pretty amazing" how two significant lottery wins occurred in neighboring cities.

"We sometimes hear criticism that only people in Southern California seem to win, but this has been the opposite," Traverso said.

"This should satisfy a lot of people who say only L.A. people win," Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez added.

Wednesday's $425 million jackpot win is the sixth largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

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