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$1 BILLION Powerball winner could come from Los Angeles Skid Row

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny neighborhood store in downtown Los Angeles sold the winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $1.08 billion, the sixth largest in U.S. history and the third largest in the history of the game.

The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were: white balls 7, 10, 11, 13, 24 and red Powerball 24.

The winner can choose either the total jackpot paid out in yearly increments or a $558.1 million lump sum before taxes. Winners don’t have to come forward publicly but their names and the disposition of the money are public records, according to the California Lottery.

The winning ticket was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market, which will receive a $1 million bonus from the lottery. The owner of the store is Maria Leticia Menjivar, lottery spokesperson Carolyn Becker said.

Lottery officials presented a giant symbolic check to the owner and her family, including her husband Navor Herrera, the manager, and hung signs saying “billionaire made here.”

Asked about the store's million-dollar windfall, Herrera set his sights on the future.

“I have to make more bigger store, more items, good service for the people. That’s my thing now,” he said.

“The store is small” but the luck there is “big,” Herrera joked.

Located in the city's Fashion District, the narrow minimarket is a few blocks from Skid Row's scenes of homelessness and distress where thousands of people live in makeshift shanties that line entire blocks of the neighborhood.

The 107-block district is both a center of the West Coast apparel industry as well as a low-income area where small stores offer clothing, accessories and fabrics that spill onto sidewalks. Bargain-seekers flock to the district, but many storefronts are shuttered.

The winner must come forward to the California Lottery to claim the prize — and should consider hiring financial and legal advisers, spokesperson Carolyn Becker told reporters.

“And then we have to spend time vetting the winner to make sure it is the right person,” Becker said. “Integrity and transparency are incredibly important to us, so we will probably not know for months and months.”

A crush of reporters descended on the narrow minimarket, creating an early morning stir.

Lucy Jamil, who works nearby, came to the market after hearing the jackpot news.

“I'm very excited — very, very excited,” said Jamil, an employee at a store selling items such as backpacks, strollers and makeup boxes. “This morning when I woke up I was praying to God, you know, God willing it's gonna be somebody who works over here.”

Final ticket sales pushed the jackpot beyond its earlier estimate of $1 billion to $1.08 billion at the time of the drawing, moving it from the seventh largest to the sixth largest U.S lottery jackpot ever won.

The game’s abysmal odds of 1 in 292.2 million are designed to build big prizes that draw more players.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $2.04 billion in November, also in California, making Thursday the second time in less than a year that someone in Los Angeles County has become a Powerball billionaire.

The last time anyone won the Powerball jackpot was on April 19 for a top prize of nearly $253 million.

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by Anonymousreply 14March 31, 2024 10:09 AM

Oh God! I hope an unhoused person bought the winning ticket.

by Anonymousreply 1July 21, 2023 1:27 AM

Where to begin...

by Anonymousreply 2July 21, 2023 1:39 AM

That would be great, R1.

by Anonymousreply 3July 21, 2023 1:43 AM

This is not going to end well.

The winner will blow the money on drugs.

by Anonymousreply 4July 21, 2023 6:57 AM

[quote] Has California's $1 Billion Powerball Winner Been Identified?

On Thursday morning, a woman wearing a black baseball cap was spotted in a downtown Los Angeles store where the $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot ticket was sold. After thanking several people for the winning ticket, she quickly left the store and drove off in a BMW with tinted windows without talking to reporters.

KTLA 5 News reporter Eric Spillman stated: “She came in here and she screamed … She hugged people in the store and then she ran away. She claims that she has the winning Powerball jackpot ticket.” The ticket was sold on Wednesday at Las Palmitas Mini Market on Wall Street. The lucky numbers were 7, 10, 11, 13 and 24, with a Powerball of 24.

The owner of the store, Nabor Herrera, was greeted by a swarm of reporters Thursday who informed him that he had in fact sold the winning ticket. “It’s a surprise for me...I don’t know what it is, filming or what,” Herrera stated. He will now receive a bonus of $1 million from the California Lottery.

According to the California Lottery, for every Powerball ticket sold 80 cents will be allocated toward public education. Carolyn Becker, a California Lottery spokesperson, said: “Thanks to this jackpot that grew for 39 different draws, the California Lottery raised nearly $80 million for public schools just from the last three months.”

In addition, Becker said that they will spend time verifying the alleged winner. “They have to claim their prize, and then we have to spend time vetting the winner to make sure it is the right person,” she explained during a news conference.

The lucky person will get to choose between one lump sum payment of $558.1 million or an annuity for the $1.08 billion. Both are these figures are before taxes. The grand prize of $1.08 billion is the third largest in the game’s history since it began in 1992.

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by Anonymousreply 5July 23, 2023 3:25 AM

I saw that earlier. As she ran off someone was yelling for her to “get a bodyguard!”

by Anonymousreply 6July 23, 2023 3:36 AM

Lying liars!

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by Anonymousreply 7July 24, 2023 5:09 AM

So that theatrical thot who came to the store was lying. 😂. I fkin knew it.

by Anonymousreply 8July 24, 2023 5:26 AM

Stupid HOE!

by Anonymousreply 9July 24, 2023 6:26 AM

The you go being lame and micro aggressive again.

by Anonymousreply 10July 24, 2023 6:47 AM

Came forward

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by Anonymousreply 11March 31, 2024 9:36 AM

As usual it's a Hispanic.

by Anonymousreply 12March 31, 2024 9:51 AM


by Anonymousreply 13March 31, 2024 9:52 AM

But he won't ever be happy cause he is circumcised.

by Anonymousreply 14March 31, 2024 10:09 AM
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