$425M Powerball Goes to Sole Winner
No word on who bought the ticket in Milipitas, California
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2014 12:25 AM CST
Updated Feb 20, 2014 12:40 AM CST
A customer fills out her Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in North Andover, Mass. yesterday.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Milipitas is a small city about 10 miles north of San Jose, Calif., and one of its residents—or someone who shopped there—can probably now afford to buy a big chunk of it. State lottery officials say the winning ticket for the last night's $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a gas station in the city, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The sole winner beat the 1 in 175 million odds to match the numbers 1, 17, 35, 49, and 54, plus the Powerball No. 34, but there is no word on his or her identity yet, the AP reports. The Chevron store will receive a $1 million bonus for selling the ticket, which won one of the largest lottery jackpots in American history. (Click to read about a smaller, but still remarkable, Powerball win.)

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Feb 23, 2014 6:35 AM CST
It's amazing that people think they have right to tell others what to do with the money they win. Those same people who tell others how to live, don't let others tell them how to live. The idea about a lotto that pays out to 400 winners is a good idea, why don't you write the lottery and make the suggestion? They like creative game ideas.
Feb 21, 2014 8:28 AM CST
1. This writer is always incredulous that people don't plead for a lotto that pays out equal $1 million dollar winners. If the pot in this case is $400 million, then do the numbers so that there are approximately 400 winners that each get $1 million dollars. In state lotteries, if the weekly pot were $40 million dollars, then select 40 winners at $1 million dollars each. 2. I'd predict that any state that had such a program would be overwhelmed with ticket buyers. With odds at 1 in 175 million, there are weeks with absolutely no winners. In case you're wondering why the odds are so outrageous, follow the money: the states get too much of the proceeds, period.
Feb 20, 2014 8:39 PM CST
I'm really happy for the winner. Just yesterday I said to my friends while working my 23 hr shift in the acid mines. I said; 'One percent of me wishes I didn't donate my entire checks to Mother Teresa's Save the Babies Fund, so that I could afford a Powerball ticket, becuase if I won I would love to give a million dollars to -------------------------- because ----------------------- would do that for me. I have to get back to work and don't have time to write that person's name right now. I'll finish my post when I get my next break.