Videos: Celebration Breaks Out At 7-Eleven That Sold Winning Powerball Ticket
Check your numbers—did you win? Hah, of course you didn't.
The Powerball bubble finally burst on Wednesday night when three winning tickets were sold for a jackpot estimated at $1.586 billion, the largest jackpot in American history. One of the winning tickets was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, and while the winner has yet to come forward, revelers packed the convenience store on Wednesday night to celebrate.
"It's exciting to know that somebody from our little city won," Chino Hills resident Claudia Gonzales told NBC Los Angeles. "It's so exciting—I'm excited for them and I don't even know who it is."
The crowded overflowed into the parking lot where people chanted "Chi-no Hills! Chi-no Hills!"
Two other winning tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida, and after the lump-sum jackpot is split three ways and income tax is paid, CNN calculates that each winner will go home with $187.2 million. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Another big winner in the drawing? The Chino Hills 7-Eleven where one of the winning tickets was sold. The store will get a $1 million bonus, which will be split with corporate and then shared amongst the store's employees and charity. "I'm feeling very great, excited, and thanks to the customer who come here in my store and bought the ticket," owner Balbir Atwal told KTLA.
Powerball fever had gripped everyone, including Los Angeles (!) Rams player Chris Long (yes, Howie's kid), who told a Charlottesville, Va. news station that if he won he'd be taking his "old lady" to Myrtle Beach, getting a timeshare and a few boats:
It doesn't sound like he won, but he was just happy to be there:
Did you double-check your ticket? The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball was 10. California Lottery officials say tickets with 5 of the 6 numbers were sold in Santa Monica, Gardena, Redlands, Pacoima, Tustin, Chula Vista, Nipton, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Vacaville, Cloverdale and Irwindale.