Winning $400 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in California

The odds of winning the $400-million Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million, lottery officials say

By Whitney Irick
|  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 9:21 PM PDT
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Winning $400 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in California

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Feelin’ lucky? All you need is $2 and a dream -- which may have been enough for at least one California resident.

A winning ticket was sold in the Bay Area city of Milpitas, but no winners had come forward as of 9 p.m.

Two tickets with five out of six winning numbers were sold in the state -- one in Modesto and one in El Segundo.

Wednesday's winning Powerball numbers are: 17, 49, 54, 35, and 1, with Powerball number 34.

The odds of winning Wednesday night's $400-million Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 175 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

“I don't even think about that, makes no difference to me,” Wildomar resident Mark Emerson told NBC4.

Like Emerson, many Southern Californians hope to beat the odds and win what will be the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, according to lotto spokesman Alex Traverso.

Compared to other California Lotto games like Mega Millions, the Powerball jackpots tend to rise faster with fewer tickets sold. The revenue from Powerball ticket sales in California help supplement public education funding.

If no one matched all five white balls in any order along with the red Powerball, the jackpot would roll over to Saturday’s draw. Officials said the rollover jackpot would exceed $500 million.

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