The Sept. 18 Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest jackpot the nation has seen, with a $400 million prize.
Officials from the Multi-State Lottery Association report that the lucky ticket was sold in at a gas station in Lexington, S.C. During an 11 a.m. press conference in front of the store, Paula Harper Bethea, head official of the Powerball lottery, explained the benefits for the prize winner, as well as the $50,000 selling bonus the gas station will receive and the estimated $12 million tax benefit the state of South Carolina will collect.
"If whoever is holding the ticket is listening to us right now, we encourage them to do several things: Number one, sign the back of the ticket, put it in a secure location, and then seek counsel from a trusted adviser," Bethea advised.
The winning formula appeared to be 7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and Powerball 19.
The Powerball has been able to the increase its prize money payoffs due to the Powerball's new rule changes in 2012, the biggest being the raise of ticket prices from $1 to $2. Other lottery games are aiming to change their own rules to increase the appeal of their own game.
Mega Millions won't change its initial $1 ticket price like Powerball did, but they will give players the option of paying an additional $1 to increase their secondary prize money total to between $1 million and $5 million, compared to the initial $250,000 sum.
"I applaud them for looking at changes," Lottery CEO, Terry Rich told The Associated Press. "You need to revise, you need to refresh. Any good, big company knows that you need to revitalize your product."
The jackpots are what ultimately draw people to play the lottery, not the company names, Rich said.
"I guess everyone wants to win the big one," Trent Shenefield, an electrician from Kansas City, Miss., told AP.
But the chances of actually winning Powerball's "big one," are 1 in 175 million. Powerball continues to be one of the most popular lottery games, as it is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U. S. Virgin Islands.