A single ticket has won a $425m (€309m) Powerball jackpot in the US today.
The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in US history.
The ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, a city north of San Jose that bills itself as The Gateway to The Silicon Valley, California lottery officials said.
The business will receive $1m for selling the winning ticket.
Store owner Kulwinder Singh was en route to India and was not expected to hear about the prize until after he landed in New Delhi and called the family, his son Parmeet said.
Parmeet said he planned to tease his father before breaking the news.
“’Hey dad, what would you do if you had $1m?”’ he said he would ask him.
His parents are humble people, he said, so he did not expect them to splurge on anything.
The family-run petrol station is just off Highway 880, with an attached car wash and Subway sandwich shop.
The car park was crowded on Thursday morning with television news vans.
Inside the store, dozens of reporters and photographers crowded the aisles of snack foods as Parmeet talked about his surprise at hearing the news, and the store’s regular customers bantered about the prospect that one of them could have been the winner.
“I didn’t believe it,” Parmeet said. “I ran outside and yelled: ’Oh, my God!”’
He and employees at the store said they did not know who the winner could be.
Rajwinder Singh, one employee, said that he believed he was probably the person who sold the winning ticket.
“I’ve been here working from 8am to 8pm,” he said. “I hope I’ll find out soon.”
The ticket was the only one to match all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said. The winning numbers were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.
The jackpot was estimated at $425.3m (€309.2m) , with a cash payout option of $242.2m (€176m). It is one of the largest lottery jackpots in US history – but still far from the record.
A ticket for America’s second-largest lottery prize ever was also purchased in the San Francisco Bay area. In December, two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, California, and Atlanta, for a $636m (€462.33m) Mega Millions prize.
The nation’s biggest lottery prize was a $656m (€476.8m) Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was $590.5m dollars (€429.2m) last May.
Wednesday’s draw also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1m, and one ticket won a $2m prize, according to a statement from Rose J Hudson, chairwoman of the Powerball Game Group and president of the Louisiana Lottery.
Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in US lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Powerball’s starting jackpots went from $20m to $40m, and pots increased by more money with each roll.
Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to one in about 259 million.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are one in about 175 million.