Winning $425 Million Powerball Ticket Sold At California Gas Station

| by Emily Smith

The sole winning ticket for the U.S. Powerball lottery was sold at a California gas station Monday with a jackpot of $425 million.

If the winner opts to take the prize as a lump sum, the earnings will amount to $227.8 million.

No details have been released about the winner except that he or she purchased the ticket from a Dixon Landing Chevron gas station. The gas station will receive $1 million for selling the ticket.

The prize is the sixth largest in U.S. history and the fourth largest Powerball winning.

In the past two years the Powerball prizes have increased considerably, since ticket prices doubled to $2 and three other states have joined in the game.

The chance of winning the jackpot is one in 175 million, regardless of the number of tickets purchased.

According to the Powerball website, 70 percent of winners buy tickets with computer generated numbers.

Sources: Newser, Chicago Tribune