San Diegans vying for $700 million Powerball prize

National Lottery results live: Winning Lotto numbers for Wednesday 23 August 2017 £5.3million jackpot

National Lottery results live: Winning Lotto numbers for Wednesday 23 August 2017 £5.3million jackpot

It was a report that came from the lottery in the first place that gave the mistaken location.

The Pride Station and Store on Montgomery Street in Chicopee. That ticket was sold by Fresh & Quick, 245 Main St., Catawissa, Columbia County. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about 5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at more than $7,800 per minute in Iowa.

According to South Carolina Lottery Commission, chances of winning are about 1 in 293 million.

"More tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing", said Multi-State Lottery Association spokeswoman Anna Domoto.

Two other Powerball jackpots have passed the $400 million mark so far in 2017.

So how does something like this happen?

The lottery did not say how the error was made. "If anyone's looking for anyone to blame, the buck stops here with me, the executive director".

At $700 million, it is the second largest lottery jackpot in history and Central Texans are lining up to take part. But almost everyone chooses to take a lump sum payment. Some of the nation's biggest states, including California and Texas, don't assess state taxes on lottery prizes, so winners in those spots would be just a bit richer.

Handy Variety in Watertown.

He says once they heard that the winning ticket was sold Wednesday afternoon, store workers looked it up on the surveillance video and believe the victor was a middle-aged woman.

It may be only a one in 293 million chance, but that's not stopping many from trying their luck at winning $700 million.

"Everybody would get a piece - not a million", he said.

If the victor chooses to take the lump sum payment, the federal government would take $120,125,000 of their winnings, or 25 percent, and MA would take an additional $24,025,000 of the payout, or 5 percent, leaving the victor with over $336 million.

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