A handful of people’s nights just got a whole lot better.
Winning jackpot tickets in Wednesday’s monster $1.5 billion Powerball drawing were sold in three states, California, Florida and Tennessee, according to California Lottery Deputy Director of Communications Russ Lopez.
One winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California, in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, officials said.
Details about where the winning tickets were sold in Florida and Tennessee were not yet known. Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers were 4, 8, 19. 27, 34, with a Powerball of 10. The multiplier was 2X.
It was the first time that all a ticket matching all five numbers and the Powerball number had been sold since the jackpot began at $40 million on Nov. 7.
With no winner, the pot rolled over again and again — 20 times in all, swelling to $500 million last week and then $900 million in Saturday’s drawing, and then to $1.586 billion.
The jackpot is the largest in history. The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 292.2 million.
After the winning Southern California ticket was announced, local TV helicopters captured images of a large crowd of people gathering at the 7-Eleven. Crowds were seen chanting “Chino Hills! Chino Hills!”
California also had 12 tickets match 5 of the 6 numbers, the lottery commission said.
Matching five numbers, but not the Powerball number, can carry a $1 million prize, according to Powerball, but the California Lottery said the amounts won on those tickets was not immediately known late Wednesday.
National Powerball sales Tuesday were more than $326 million and sales nationwide on Wednesday were expected to reach $600 million, Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission and chief of the Powerball Game said earlier Wednesday.
Wednesday’s huge jackpot surpassed the previous Powerball record of $590.5 million, which was won in Florida on May 18, 2013.
Chino Hills is a city of around 77,000 about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.