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Winning Powerball ticket worth $425M sold in California


No lottery luck for hopeful Minnesotans this time.

Someone in Northern California won the sixth-largest lottery in U.S. history, according to Powerball’s website. The winner has not come forward to claim the prize.

The prize is the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball's history, the Chicago Tribune reported. The prize had rolled over 15 times since the end of December, increasing each time. If the winner chooses to take the lump sum, it will total about $227.8 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The winning numbers for Wednesday’s $425 million Powerball jackpot were 17, 49, 54, 35, 1. The Powerball number was 34. There are nine ways to win a prize off Wednesday's numbers, and you can check to see if you're a winner here.

The largest jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million, won in March 2012 as part of the Mega Millions lottery and split between winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

An 84-year-old Florida woman won the largest Powerball jackpot in history ($590 million before taxes) in May 2013. She took home the lump-sum payment of almost $371 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. Last August, Paul White of Ham Lake shared a Powerball jackpot worth $448 million with two others (including a group of 16 co-workers from New Jersey). White brought home a $149 million share of the jackpot.

The odds of winning the jackpot are roughly 1 in 175 million (175,223,510 to be exact). But the odds of winning something ­– ranging from $4 to $1 million to the jackpot – off that $2 ticket are about 1 in 32, according to Powerball. The odds of winning the Powerball do not change with a growth of the jackpot, and change very little if you buy 10 tickets instead of just one, according to a list of five things to know about the Powerball jackpot put out by the Associated Press.

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