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Did someone in California win Powerball?

The Powerball lottery drawing on Saturday, October 15, 2023 produced a single jackpot winning ticket sold in California. The winning numbers were 10, 33, 41, 47, 56, and the Powerball number was 10. The jackpot prize reached an estimated $494 million, making it the 11th largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history. This huge jackpot captured the attention of lottery players across the country, leading to strong ticket sales. Now everyone wants to know – who won this massive Powerball jackpot prize?

Where in California was the winning ticket sold?

The California Lottery announced that the sole winning ticket for the October 15, 2023 Powerball drawing was sold at a gas station in Altadena, an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County. The specific gas station was Joe’s Service Center on West Woodbury Road in Altadena. Lottery officials did not immediately have details on whether the winner was a local resident or was just passing through the area. Either way, someone who bought a Powerball ticket at this Altadena gas station is now holding a ticket worth $494 million.

What was the reaction in Altadena?

The neighborhood around Joe’s Service Center quickly turned into a scene of celebration and media attention on Sunday after the California Lottery announced the winning ticket was sold there. News crews, lottery officials, and excited residents gathered at the gas station to find out more details. The owner of Joe’s Service Center could not believe his store sold the coveted winning ticket. Local residents were hoping the winner was someone local so the prize money would stay in the community. For now, Lottery officials are waiting to hear from the winner before releasing any information about their identity.

How long does the winner have to come forward?

In the state of California, lottery winners have one year from the date of the drawing to come forward and claim their prize money. If the Powerball jackpot winner does not claim the $494 million prize within a year from the October 15, 2023 drawing date, they will forfeit the money. Lottery officials frequently see delayed claims for smaller prizes, but it would be incredibly unlikely that a winner would wait very long to claim such an enormous jackpot prize. Officials expect the Altadena ticket holder to come forward within the next few weeks, once they have taken the time to digest their life-changing win and make some legal and financial arrangements.

What happens when the winner claims the prize?

When the California Powerball winner is ready to come forward, they need to sign the back of their winning ticket and complete a claim form to start the process. Lottery officials will confirm the validity of the ticket and the winner’s identity. In California, winners can choose to remain anonymous and avoid media attention. The winner can choose between taking the full $494 million amount as an immediate lump sum payment, or receiving the full amount in annual installments over 29 years. Taxes will immediately be deducted at a rate of 37% for federal taxes for either choice. Financial experts recommend working with legal and financial advisors to make the best payout decision.

How did the jackpot get so large?

The Powerball jackpot started at $20 million on August 6, 2022 and over the course of 10 weeks grew to the estimated $494 million for the October 15 drawing. This jackpot rolled 25 times without a winner. Millions of people purchasing tickets for each drawing allowed the prize pool to increase dramatically due to the game’s structure. Powerball is played in 45 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Strong sales across all these jurisdictions led to the rapid growth of the jackpot over the past two months.

What were the largest Powerball jackpots ever?

Rank Amount Draw Date
1 $1.586 billion January 13, 2016
2 $768.4 million March 27, 2019
3 $758.7 million August 23, 2017
4 $731.1 million January 20, 2021
5 $699.8 million October 4, 2021
6 $687.8 million October 27, 2018
7 $656 million March 30, 2012
8 $648 million December 17, 2013
9 $590.5 million May 18, 2013
10 $587.5 million November 28, 2012

The $494 million California jackpot won on October 15, 2023 ranks as the 11th largest Powerball prize in the game’s history. It certainly is an exciting amount for the lucky California ticket holder! The all-time largest Powerball jackpot was an astonishing $1.586 billion shared by three winners in January 2016.

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

The odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. This is why the jackpot was able to grow so large without a winner over the past 10 weeks. While the odds seem long, someone still managed to beat them and buy the sole winning ticket in Altadena, California for the October 15 drawing.

Where does Powerball lottery money go?

In California, lottery revenue goes to benefit public schools and colleges. The California Lottery began in 1985 with the mission of providing supplemental funding to public education institutions across the state. In the fiscal year 2020-2021, the California Lottery generated $8.4 billion in revenue, with more than 95% going back to public schools, colleges, and other educational entities. Since the Lottery began, it has contributed over $39 billion to public education. So while one Californian is celebrating their huge Powerball win, schools across the state also stand to benefit from the tax revenue generated.

Could winning the lottery be dangerous?

While winning nearly half a billion dollars in the Powerball jackpot may seem like a dream come true, there are some potential downsides to keep in mind. Sudden wealth can be overwhelming and winning the lottery has proven detrimental for some past winners. It’s important for jackpot winners to carefully consider who they share the news with and assemble a team of legal and financial experts immediately to help navigate big decisions. Winners may be inundated with requests for money from others. Isolation, anxiety, and other emotional strains can also impact lottery winners. The Altadena Powerball ticket holder should proceed cautiously and thoughtfully in order to properly adjust to life post-jackpot.

Do lottery winners pay taxes?

Lottery winners do face hefty tax bills on their prize money. Federal taxes immediately take out 24% of the Powerball jackpot. Additional federal taxes apply to reduce the take-home amount to about 60% of the full prize. California does not tax lottery winnings, so only federal tax applies. The winner can choose a lump sum payment, which is the full amount minus taxes immediately taken out. Or they can choose an annuity option with annual installments over 29 years that have taxes taken out of each payment. Consultation with tax experts is highly recommended to make the best choices to minimize tax impacts.

Who was the last California Powerball winner?

Before this October 15, 2022 jackpot, the most recent California Powerball winner was selected back on October 4, 2021. That winning ticket was sold in Morro Bay and was worth $699.8 million. The identity of that winner was never revealed, as California allows lottery winners to remain anonymous. Prior to that, California had a $550 million Powerball winner on April 8, 2020 sold in Milpitas. The state of California has now had four residents win massive Powerball jackpots in recent years, including this latest nearly $500 million prize winner from Altadena.

Could the winner lose their ticket?

Now that the winning ticket has been verified as sold, the California Lottery will wait for the Altadena winner to come forward and complete the claims process. However, the ticket itself is extremely valuable and important proof that the holder is entitled to the prize. The winner must sign the back of the ticket in order to claim their winnings. Lottery officials advise winners to immediately sign their tickets and store them in a safe, secure location until ready to come forward. If the winning ticket was lost or destroyed, it could prevent the winner from claiming their $494 million prize.

How often do people check old lottery tickets?

It’s not uncommon for lottery players to misplace old tickets around their home, vehicle, office, or other locations. The California Lottery advises players to thoroughly check their tickets immediately after a drawing, so any winning tickets can be redeemed promptly. For smaller prizes, players may procrastinate on checking tickets for weeks or months. However, it is incredibly rare for a high tier prize winner to lose or not promptly check a ticket. Lottery officials are confident the holder of the winning Powerball ticket knows they won given the unprecedented media coverage and public interest.

Will this change life in Altadena?

For now, it’s too early to say what impact the massive Powerball jackpot winning ticket sold in Altadena may have on the small community. If the winner ends up being a local resident, their newfound fortune could potentially have a significant positive impact through philanthropic contributions and community investments. Even if the winner is from out of town, the publicity of selling the ticket will likely be a point of pride. Many past lottery towns have capitalized on their winning history through special events, tours, merchandising, and embracing their moment in the spotlight. Only time will tell if Altadena chooses to creatively leverage their connection to this historic jackpot.

How excited are other lottery players?

For those who did not hold the golden ticket this time around, enthusiasm remains high and lottery hopefuls are already looking ahead. After a jackpot winner is selected, the Powerball prize resets to $20 million and the excitement builds once again with dreams of winning big. People love to play the lottery when the stakes are high and Powerball’s starting jackpot amount after massive prizes draws substantial interest from new and regular players. People enjoy dreaming about what they would do with hundreds of millions of dollars. The cycle of growing jackpot amounts, widespread ticket sales, followed by another reset, makes Powerball an appealing recurring experience for lottery players.

Could the winner keep working?

While winning nearly $500 million would provide complete financial freedom, some lottery winners opt to keep working and maintain some parts of their normal routine. Some people may continue in a career they have passion for, switch to part time hours, or work for enjoyment rather than necessity. Others focus full energy on philanthropic initiatives or travel. For past lottery winners who have kept working, they often say they enjoy keeping busy, interact with coworkers, and want to impart lessons to their children about dedication and contributing to society. The Altadena ticket holder will certainly have lots of options and may choose to balance work with other newfound opportunities this prize empowers.

Should the public know the winner’s name?

Opinions vary on whether lottery winners’ identities should be made publicly known. Some jurisdictions mandate announcing winners’ names, while others allow them to remain anonymous. In the case of the Altadena Powerball jackpot winner, they have the right to privacy if desired. There are reasonable arguments on both sides. Proponents of public identification say transparency is important and informs the public that real people genuinely win these major prizes. Keeping winners anonymous helps protect privacy and security. This winner’s half billion dollars will draw lots of attention either way and they will need to carefully consider how visible they want their sudden wealth to become.


The Powerball jackpot win on October 15, 2023 in Altadena, California is an exciting and historic occurrence. Time will tell how the winner chooses to come forward and enjoy their prize money. For now, speculation continues about who may be holding the single ticket worth nearly $500 million. Lottery fever in California remains strong and players are already looking ahead to the next big jackpot. While one person’s life will dramatically change, the ripple effects from this record Powerball payout will be felt more broadly. Schools across California stand to benefit from surging lottery revenues. The Altadena community gains recognition for selling this coveted jackpot-winning ticket. And lottery players keep up their hopes that even the longest shot odds can occasionally beat the odds and pay off big.