The waiting and wondering is over
By Kate Northrop
After over four months, the California winner of half of the $632.6 million Powerball jackpot drawn in January has come forward to claim their share of the massive prize.
The wait is finally over. Orlando Zavala Lozano is one of the two winners who split the $632.6 million Powerball jackpot drawn on Jan. 5, 2022.
When Lozano picked up a Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven on the corner of Wyndham Drive and Valley Hi Drive in Sacramento, he likely didn't expect that he would soon be laying claim to the seventh-largest Powerball prize in the game's history.
The jackpot was split by another winning ticket in Wisconsin, owned by a couple who stepped forward in February to claim their share of the prize.
After opting for the lump sum rather than the full $316.3 million annuitized prize, Lozano is taking home an incredible $225.1 million before federal taxes, according to the California Lottery.
Lozano is not the only winner, the Lottery emphasized. The three-month jackpot cycle lasting 40 drawings was estimated to have generated over $67.8 million for schools.
"Every dollar or more that a lottery player spends in California supports our mission to raise money for public education," Lottery Director Alva V. Johnson said in a press release. "And the local stores that sell our games — our more than 23,000 retail partners across the state — benefit too from commissions and bonuses. So, whether a player hits a big jackpot, wins a smaller prize, or doesn't win any cash at all — rest assured it's still a win-win for the community and for California."
For selling the winning ticket alone, the 7-Eleven in Sacramento received a $1 million bonus.
"Foot traffic has increased along with sales since we sold the winning ticket," store owner Harprit Dhillon told the Lottery. "Lottery games are great for small businesses, and we love selling them."
Players looking to pick up a Powerball ticket can purchase a play for $2 each. Drawings take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 7:59 pm PST.
The Powerball jackpot currently stands at $135 million for this Wednesday's drawing. The odds of matching all five numbers plus the Powerball to win the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.