For better or for worse, a Powerball winner – at least one in California – has been chosen.
One lucky ticket in Chino Hills, southeast of Los Angeles, matched all five numbers and the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing worth an estimated $1.5 billion, state lottery officials said. Winning tickets were also sold in Tennessee and Florida.
Twelve California tickets matched five of six numbers. Cities that sold tickets that matched five of six numbers were Vacaville, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Chula Vista, Nipton, Santa Monica, Tustin, Pacoima, Cloverdale, Redlands, Gardena and Irwindale.
Things got crazy Wednesday at Lichine’s Liquor and Deli near South Land Park Drive and Florin Road in south Sacramento, with dozens of buyers lined up. It’s viewed as a lucky charm because of its history of winning tickets in the past.
Kien Lo, manager of Lichine’s Liquor and Deli, said the line was already 50 people deep when he opened the store at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. As of 10:45 a.m., the line was between 80 and 100 people long, and the wait time to get to the register for a ticket was about 20 minutes, Lo said.
Lo said he’s seen long lines before, “but nothing like this.”
“What I notice is there’s a lot more new customers, new players,” Lo said. “They’re not familiar with the game at all. I guess everyone in town is playing, not just here but everywhere.”
During the last fiscal year, the California Lottery ranked Lichine’s in the top 20 retailers statewide in terms of volume during jackpot runs.
Lisa Morris, a fiscal analyst for the state, is participating in a lottery pool at work. “This is supposed to be the lucky store,” Morris said as she stood at the end of the line at Lichine’s on Monday.
The Bee’s Jessica Hice contributed to this report.