ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) — Although nobody won Wednesday’s massive Powerball jackpot, two Californians are $1 million richer after coming oh-so-close to the big prize.
Two tickets bought in California – one in Ontario and one in Milpitas – had 5/5 of the numbers, but missed just the Powerball number.
The 5/5 tickets each carry a prize of $1.04 million, according to the California Lottery.
Having that one extra number – the Powerball of 23 – would have jumped that payoff to $1.2 billion.
Instead with no winners, Saturday’s prize now grows to $1.5 billion – close to the all-time Powerball record of $1.586 billion that was won in 2016 but split between three tickets.
If the winner takes the cash option instead of annual payments, it would be a lump sum of $745.9 million. Minus taxes, of course.
The $1 million Ontario ticket was sold at Eastland Food Market, 1072 E G St.
The Milpitas ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven at 1838 Milmount Dr.
The winning numbers for Wednesday’s drawing were 2-11-22-35-60 and PB 23.
There were 16 tickets sold across the country that carried a $1 million prize, plus three others with a $2 million award because of the Power Play option.
The odds of hitting all five numbers plus the Powerball are about 1 in 292 million.
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