Lucky Powerball lottery holder wins biggest lottery jackpot in history after winning $2.04 billion | DayDayNews U.S. News

A lucky lottery ticket holder in the US has won a record $2.04bn (£1.76bn) jackpot – the biggest lottery jackpot in history.

The winner bought the lottery ticket in California after no one won the jackpot for three months in a row.

The winning numbers drawn at the Florida Lottery Studio in Tallahassee were white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56.

The red powerball is 10.

The winner must guess all six lucky numbers, including the final Powerball, to claim the jackpot.

The award is reported as an estimate $1.9bn (£1.6bn) on Mondaybut after updating the calculations, the prize increased to $2.04bn (£1.8bn) on Tuesday morning.

The previous jackpot was $1.6 billion – Biggest lottery prize ever.

The winning ticket holder is the first to claim the Powerball jackpot since a Pennsylvania player took home more than $200 million (£177 million) on August 3.

The 39 consecutive draws without a jackpot reflect the tough odds of winning the jackpot – 1 in 292.2 million.

The previous jackpot has only surpassed $1 billion (£860 million) four times, but none come close to the current jackpot, which started at $20 million (£17 million) on August 6, but has gone down in the last three. It’s getting bigger and bigger in months without a win.

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The latest draw was due to take place on Monday night but was postponed until Tuesday at 8.57am ET (1.57pm UK).

The Multi-State Lottery Association said the draw was delayed because participating lotteries had problems handling sales.

The association said it was against its policy to say which lottery was delayed.

The $2.04 billion prize is awarded to the winner of the Select Annuity, payable annually for 29 years. Nearly all of the winners opted for cash, but the value of that option wasn’t immediately available on Tuesday morning.

The new jackpot surpasses the record $1.586 billion (£1.398 billion) prize won by three Powerball players in California, Florida and Tennessee in 2016.

The game is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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