MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the winning Powerball ticket sold in California (all times local):
Lottery officials say they still don’t know who bought the winning $447.8 million Powerball jackpot ticket from a Southern California liquor store and encouraged the holder to seek sound financial and legal advice.
California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said Monday that no one has come forward yet to claim the seventh-largest jackpot in Powerball game history.
Officials, however, presented a ceremonial million-dollar check to the owners of a liquor store in Menifee, California, that sold the lucky ticket.
Lopez says lottery officials know when the ticket was bought but won’t reveal the information to avoid encouraging false claims.
Lottery officials say the holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as Monday morning.
The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Lottery officials said the earliest the ticket could be redeemed is 8 a.m., and the winner has one year to claim the prize.
The California Lottery said in a statement that the winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in the small city of Menifee.
The store owner Matthew Alberre said he does not know what his family will do with the $1 million bonus set aside for the retailer that sells the winning ticket.