There was no $334-million jackpot winner in the Powerball drawing on Saturday, but a ticket that matched all but one number to win more than $424,000 was sold at the 7-Eleven store on West Olive Avenue in Burbank.
The ticket matched the numbers 42, 15, 6, 5 and 29, missing only the Powerball number 10. As of Tuesday afternoon, the winnings had not yet been claimed, a California Lottery official said.
In October, a winning ticket worth $380,774 was sold at the same 7-Eleven store to Pat Tucker, who had intended to buy a Mega Millions ticket but got a $2 Powerball winner instead.
Clerk Manjit Singh, who sold the ticket in the fall, said Tucker was a regular customer. Security camera footage of the recent purchase at the store, which Singh said has been reviewed by state lottery officials, revealed a young man he didn't know bought the ticket.
"First time I saw him," Singh said.
There were 204,213 winning tickets sold for the drawing, according to the lottery website, but the Burbank ticket was the winner of the largest prize.
In a statement Sunday, lottery officials urged the winner of last week's drawing to immediately sign the back of the ticket in ink, keep it in a safe place and visit one of the agency's nine district offices as soon as possible.
The ticket's owner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. Unclaimed prize money will be redirected to help the state's public schools, according to the lottery statement.
State lottery funds account for about 1% of all education funds in California, according to the agency's quarterly reports for the most recent fiscal year. The money goes to K-12 schools, community colleges, the California State University system, the University of California system and other state education programs.
According to the latest information, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014-15, which ran from January to March 2015, the agency distributed more than $760,000 to Burbank Unified and more than $1.9 million for the fiscal year up to that point. The lottery has distributed more than $57.6 million to Burbank Unified since the state agency was established.
California is one of 44 states that participates in the multistate Powerball game, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because no winning ticket was sold for the drawing on Saturday, the jackpot rolls up to $400 million for the midweek drawing at 7:59 p.m. tonight. Ticket sales are suspended one hour before the drawing.
Chad Garland, firstname.lastname@example.org