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$213 million ticket sold in Fresno is California's first Powerball winner

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Somebody who likely lives in the Fresno area is in a much higher tax bracket as a new multimillionaire — and California's first-ever Powerball winner.

The $2 ticket, bought sometime Wednesday at the Fast 'N Easy store on Shields Avenue in east-central Fresno, was worth $213 million, state Lottery officials said.

After taxes, the lump sum totals $123.3 million, said Alex Traverso, a lottery spokesman in Sacramento.

That kind of money could buy a couple of F-16 fighter jets, maybe the Save Mart Center or a major resort hotel, or perhaps Edvard Munch's iconic painting, "The Scream." And there would still be a couple million left.

The lucky numbers were: 3, 23, 31, 34, and 47, with a Powerball number of 13.

At the Chevron convenience store where the ticket was sold, store owner Vikram Vohra was all smiles Thursday. He gets to collect $1 million because his store, which he co-owns with his brother, Vinny, sold the winning ticket. The new money will let them consider opening more stores — they already own 21 in Fresno — he said.

He said the winning ticket was sold by employee Lali Dhaliwal on Wednesday, but he doesn't know what time or who bought it. The store sold about 150 tickets Wednesday.

Vohra said the store at Shields and Armstrong avenues, which opened a little over three years, is his "lucky store."

A $2 scratcher reaped $20,000 for one customer, and Vohra has had another $10,000 winner and several earning thousands of dollars.

"We have never had so many winners at any of our other stores," he said.

Much of the store's customer base lives in the neighborhood, so he probably will recognize the winner.

Lottery officials showed up at the store about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Vohra said he thought Dhaliwal was joking when he told him about the winning ticket.

It was the first time someone in California matched all six Powerball numbers since the game was introduced here in April. Up until then, Californians had to be satisfied with the state Lottery and the multi-state Mega Millions game.

"Californians would see these large Powerball jackpots in other states, wondering why we weren't in it," Traverso said.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Previously, one Californian won $3 million by matching five of six numbers, he said.

"This is what we have been waiting for for six months, and Fresno gets to be the spot for it," Traverso said.

About $6.46 million in tickets were sold in California for the Powerball jackpot since Saturday night.

The Fresno area winner is going to be stinking rich, but Wednesday's jackpot pales in comparison to the top 10 Powerball payouts, Traverso said.

The biggest Powerball win was $590.5 million, won by a Florida woman in May, according to the Powerball website. Wednesday's jackpot is the 30th largest for Powerball, and four of those were shared, the website said.

Thanks to Eugene for the tip.

Fresno Bee

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Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
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Posted: October 26, 2013, 8:50 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the winner! Congrats to the store owner and his "lucky" store. 

Hoping for a single winner! singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner!

 

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    Posted: October 26, 2013, 8:55 am - IP Logged

    I call shenanigans on this one.  That state wins entirely too much some how.  Something is rigged up or something.

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      Posted: October 26, 2013, 9:05 am - IP Logged

      Lottery officials showed up at the store about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

      Wow...that was fast! Didn't know they reacted so quickly to a big JP, within 1/2 hr of draw the same night? Hmmm... I guess they went to pull the security video & stuff so they could plaster the winner's face across the TV if they take too long to come forward. Confused

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        Posted: October 26, 2013, 10:44 am - IP Logged

        Lottery officials showed up at the store about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

        Wow...that was fast! Didn't know they reacted so quickly to a big JP, within 1/2 hr of draw the same night? Hmmm... I guess they went to pull the security video & stuff so they could plaster the winner's face across the TV if they take too long to come forward. Confused

        Looks like they have the results faster then we thought.

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          Posted: October 26, 2013, 11:00 am - IP Logged

          "After taxes, the lump sum totals $123.3 million, said Alex Traverso, a lottery spokesman in Sacramento."

           

          This lottery official needs to check his facts before misleading the public. The annuity value was $213 million and the cash option is $123.3 million BEFORE any taxes are factored in. After the initial 25% Federal tax withholding the winner will receive about $92 million and will owe another $18 million in April, 2014 unless they come up with a plan to mitigate their taxes.

          I was also surprised that the store had only sold about 150 tickets the day of the drawing...would have thought it would have been much higher considering I have witnessed at numerous locations individuals purchase 100 tickets just by themselves.

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            Posted: October 26, 2013, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

            "Fast and Easy" store? It sounds like the name of another future scratcher game.

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            so the artist works.

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              Posted: October 26, 2013, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

              If only Pennsylvania could get our first Mega Millions Jackpot win since joining that game!

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                Posted: October 26, 2013, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

                Lottery officials showed up at the store about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

                Wow...that was fast! Didn't know they reacted so quickly to a big JP, within 1/2 hr of draw the same night? Hmmm... I guess they went to pull the security video & stuff so they could plaster the winner's face across the TV if they take too long to come forward. Confused

                The lottery knows almost instantly how many winners there were, and in what state.  It's just a big computer database, and can be searched as fast as Lottery Post can search -- which is fast.

                 

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                  Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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                  Posted: October 26, 2013, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

                  The lottery knows almost instantly how many winners there were, and in what state.  It's just a big computer database, and can be searched as fast as Lottery Post can search -- which is fast.

                  Yeah, I understand all the database stuff, and that they know all the combos wagered before the draw, and post local lotto state winners within minutes.

                  I'm just surprized they actually had a person on standby ready to hop in a car and go to the winning store within 30 minutes? That's news to me.

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                    Posted: October 26, 2013, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

                    Yeah, I understand all the database stuff, and that they know all the combos wagered before the draw, and post local lotto state winners within minutes.

                    I'm just surprized they actually had a person on standby ready to hop in a car and go to the winning store within 30 minutes? That's news to me.

                    That's true, that is pretty quick.

                     

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                      Posted: October 26, 2013, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

                      It is quick considering the closest lotto office is like 18 minutes from the store.

                      If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the payoff does.

                      If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                      Money returned that is less than or equal to the amount wagered should not be considered a "win," but rather a second chance.

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                        Posted: October 26, 2013, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

                        It is quick considering the closest lotto office is like 18 minutes from the store.

                        I guess with the State having its first  PB winner since it joined in April- it has drivers  hanging around HQ in the event it has a local winner, they can speed to the scene of the store and set up their cameras.
                        But that was fast.

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                          Posted: October 26, 2013, 5:26 pm - IP Logged

                          Congratulation to the winner/s....Thumbs Up

                          Win BIG everyone....White Bounce

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                            Posted: October 26, 2013, 5:27 pm - IP Logged

                            If only Pennsylvania could get our first Mega Millions Jackpot win since joining that game!

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