The fifth-largest Powerball jackpot ever hit was won this week as a lucky player in California hit the prize for $699.8 million.
The drawing was held on October 4th and the winning white balls were 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69 (nice), with the Powerball number being 15. The lottery began throwing three drawings a week beginning on August 23rd and this is the first time the prize has been hit since that time. One lucky gambler hit the Fully Monty of white balls and Powerball, while five others matched all five white balls but had no Powerball. Those players will get $1 million, save for a player in Tennessee who used the Power Play feature to double the prize to $2 million.
Whoever won the jackpot will be able to choose between a pre-tax lump-sum payout of $496 million or to take 30 payments of just over $23 million over 29 years to get the prize (also pre-tax).
Thus far the largest Powerball jackpot is $1.586 billion, which was split between winners in Tennessee, Florida, and California in 2016.
We'll be updating this story if details on the winner emerge.