Powerball ticket worth $790,000 sold in Los Angeles as jackpot climbs to $1.2 billion
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LOS ANGELES — The “lottery” has officially played out, and it just landed in Los Angeles.
A ticket to claim $790,000 from the Powerball jackpot sold at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday evening at $34.
It’s the third ticket in three days that was in the black, with $2.6 billion in the pot — or $1.2 billion more than was initially estimated.
“I’m pretty surprised, ” said Mark D. Matthews, a customer at the casino. “I thought it would be bigger.”
Los Angeles officials estimate at least $500 million in winnings.
Matthews bought the ticket at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is where the ticket was sold.
“I had been waiting a long time,” he said, adding that he went to the Los Angeles Convention Center to play the lottery. “You have to get in.”
The jackpot has grown to over $1.2 billion since Powerball began the drawing Wednesday. The ball is loaded into the machine on Thursday, with the prize estimated to be worth another $350 million.
The Powerball jackpot was first reported earlier Tuesday, with the lottery website estimating it to be worth $1.05 billion, with one ticket matching all five numbers and the Powerball number. The estimated jackpot exceeded $1.1 billion.
The Powerball was created by New York-based Powerball Enterprises Inc. of Woodinville, according to the company’s website.
The tickets were sold in an online lottery for about $2.
A Powerball jackpot is reached when 5 of the 6 numbers selected by the ball combination are matching the numbers of the selected players. For example, if you had drawn a Powerball lottery with all five tickets selling $1.1 million (