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Winning ticket for $1.765 billion Powerball jackpot sold in Kern County.

SACRAMENTO – With tonight’s Powerball jackpot projected to be $1.725 billion, California Lottery has been able to raise nearly $110 million for public education just from sales of this game since the last time the jackpot was hit nearly three months ago.

Tonight’s is the second largest jackpot in history and the second consecutive billion-dollar Powerball jackpot.

The last time it was hit was in July when only one ticket matched all six numbers; that ticket was sold at a small market in downtown Los Angeles, and the winner has up to one year from the date of the draw to come forward.

Here are some additional fun facts about this Powerball sequence:

• The jackpot began at $20 million for the July 22 draw and has rolled 35 times so far with no

top-prize winner.

• More than 131 million Powerball tickets have been sold in California since this sequence began. Approximately 5.3 million of these have been winning tickets at one of Powerball’s eight lower prize tiers below the jackpot. The total associated prize value of the winning tickets amounts to $40.2 million so far.

• For every $2 Powerball ticket sold in California, approximately 80 cents helps supplement funding for public schools.

• If a player wins tonight’s jackpot, they’ll have a choice between the jackpot prize paid out in 30 annual installments or a lump sum payment, which is the cash value of the jackpot currently estimated at $756.6 million. Both prize options are before federal taxes. The State of California does not tax Lottery winnings.

Powerball is $2 per play, and tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 7:59pm PT.

update: One of the two six-figure lottery tickets was sold at the Atlantic Wine and Spirit on South Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park

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