SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery player who purchased a lucky Powerball® ticket in Floriston (Nevada County) has claimed the $150 million jackpot (less federal taxes). Bill Lawrence is a retiree and happily just celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary. He and his bride had already scheduled their anniversary trip, but given their win, it’s no surprise they may extend the trip.
The winning ticket matched all six numbers (23-37-32-58-03 and the red Powerball number 22) from the November 2nd draw. It was purchased at Gold Ranch Lottery, which is located at 1 Gold Ranch Road in Floriston. Gold Ranch Lottery will collect a retailer bonus of $750,000 just for selling the winning ticket. (The retailer bonus is not subtracted from the winner’s prize.)
Lawrence and his wife frequently go to Gold Ranch. They buy their Lottery tickets and then head to lunch, specifically to have what he calls the best chicken fried steak in town! “The numbers just kept matching, I couldn’t believe it!” Lawrence said when describing how he felt when he checked his ticket. The lucky winner is planning to get a nicer house and improve the lives of his family. “Everyone is going to get a bump,” he explained.
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