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  • 20 February 2014, 7:06

Powerball Winning Ticket Sold In California

A winning ticket matching all six numbers in the $400m (240m) Powerball lottery was sold in Milpitas, California, officials have said.

There has been no word so far on the winner's identity or the exact place where the ticket was sold.

The massive prize, which rolled over 15 times, is the sixth biggest in US lottery history.

Average jackpots are about $255m (152m), according to the Powerball website, and the chance of scooping the big prize is one in 175 million.

The winning numbers were 1, 17, 35, 49, 54, and 34.

If the mystery winner wants to take the money as a lump sum, instead of annual payments, he or she will have to make do with $227.8m (136m).

Powerball jackpots have shot up in the last few years after ticket prices doubled to $2 and California started selling tickets.

In the biggest haul, a single Powerball winner scooped a $590m (350m) jackpot after buying a lucky ticket in Florida in May 2013.

Gloria MacKenzie 84, of Zephyrhills, chose a lump sum payment of nearly $371m (221m) rather than the $590m in 30 annual payments.

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