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Winning tickets for record $1.6B Powerball jackpot sold in three states

The largest lottery jackpot in American history has a winner. 

The California Lottery confirmed late Wednesday that one ticket for the $1.59 billion Powerball jackpot matched all six winning numbers, which were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.

There was no immediate announcement of winners in any other state, though it could take several hours for officials to determine whether any other matching tickets were sold. 

The odds of winning were 1 in 292.2 million, while the final jackpot amount was $1.586 billion.

Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected more than 85 percent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for the drawing.

The jackpot would be paid in annual payments over 29 years, or the winner could opt for a lump-sum payment of $930 million. Winners have to pay 39.6 percent of the prize in federal income taxes, in addition to any state taxes.

Estimated jackpot amounts had been steadily rising since Nov. 4, when the jackpot was reset at $40 million.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

But residents in the six states that don’t participate are finding ways to get their hands on tickets. Some of the biggest Powerball sales have come from cities bordering states that don’t sell the tickets, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The association oversees the Powerball Lottery, but management rotates annually among member states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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