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You Won’t Believe Who Just Won the $1.765 Billion Jackpot: The Unlikely Heroes of a Small Town

You Won’t Believe Who Just Won the $1.765 Billion Jackpot: The Unlikely Heroes of a Small Town

Monday, March 18, 2024

So, the California Lottery just had to announce a group as the winners of a staggering $1.765 billion Powerball jackpot. That's right, $1.765 billion. I mean, what's a group going to do with all that money? Split it and still have enough to make Scrooge McDuck jealous? The winning ticket popped up in a tiny town, bought by a bunch of lucky mates at Midway Market & Liquor in Frazier Park. Theodorus Struyck, he's the chap they're parading around as the face of this millionaire's club. Bet he never has to buy his own drinks again.

They've taken the cash option, walking away with $588.3 million after the taxman did his bit. No state tax in California, though. It's like winning the lottery on top of winning the lottery. And let's not forget, while these folks are deciding whether to buy a yacht or an island, those 36 draws without a winner racked up $119.5 million for public schools. Not too shabby, eh?

Harjinder K. Shergill Chima from the California Lottery was all smiles, saying this win's great for everyone, dreams coming true and all that. Meanwhile, the rest of us are checking our sofas for loose change.

This isn't the first time California's had a billion-dollar winner. It's like they're breeding them over there. And the little shop that sold the golden ticket? Midway Market & Liquor got a cool $1 million for their troubles. Not bad for a day's work.

The biggest ever? $2.04 billion, won by a vintage car enthusiast. Makes you wonder if there's a vintage car out there worth a billion. As for the rest of us? Better luck next time, as the Powerball jackpot's at $600 million again. Time to start dreaming again, right? Who knows, maybe this time it'll be us... or not, probably not.

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