Winning Powerball ticket sold in Florida
Winning tickets also sold in CA and TN
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Your winning Powerball numbers: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.
California lottery officials say winning tickets were sold in California, Tennessee and Florida. The only location that has been released is the Los Angeles suburb of Chino.
So far Powerball players have spent an estimated $2.6 billion on tickets since the last jackpot was claimed in November.
Many spending thousands of dollars for the small chance they win the record-breaking Powerball jackpot of $1.5B.
News4Jax visited one of the busiest lotto food marts in Jacksonville where customers were sure they were the winners.
“It's like the fourth ticket that I bought today,” said Marti Crawford. “I get them on every side of town. If I win I would probably buy my mama a house and I’m moving back to Missouri.”
Wednesday evening the St. Nicholas Food Mart was packed with customers. Owner Sam Safar shared information about previous winning tickets purchased at his store.
“This one is 5000 off of a dollar game, this one is 10,000 and a $20,000 one we couldn't keep, they took it with them,” Safar said.
The last drawing on Jan. 9, marked the 19th drawing without a grand prize winner. So Wednesday night many long-time customers told News4Jax this drawing is theirs for the taking and they already have big plans for the mega bucks.
“I’m just relying on a blessing in luck,” Terry Wright said.
Many people believe if they win the Powerball jackpot of $1.5B they won’t ever have to worry about money again.
“I'm just going to live it up,” Wright said. “The first thing that I'm going to do is spread the wealth so that nobody can be blowing me up and then I'm going to disappear a little.
According to financial analysts that kind of thinking is wrong and there are some mandatory measures the new billionaire must take. If you don't know how to maintain the new wealth you could be flat broke before you know it, experts say.
News4Jax Crime and Safety Analyst Gil Smith says disappearing isn’t a bad idea, but before you tell anyone, Smith recommends you head straight to the bank.
“The first thing that you do is go to a bank and deposit that ticket into the safe deposit box just to make sure that it safe and secure,” Smith said.
Forbes.com advises the winner consult with a tax professional before cashing the winning ticket. Avoid sudden lifestyle changes, pay off all debts and assemble a team of legal and financial advisers.
Many people may have already spent the mega winnings in their head, but experts recommend putting the money away and not even touching it for the first six months, that way impulse purchase won’t happen.
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