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Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:56
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MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in central California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.

California lottery officials said the ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, a city about 10 miles north of San Jose. The business will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, said late Wednesday that he believed he was probably the person who sold the winning ticket.

"I've been here working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," he told The Associated Press. "I hope I'll find out soon."

Early Thursday morning, the scene was quiet with just few customers at the 24-hour store and gas station just off Interstate 880, a region of corporate office in the Silicon Valley area.

The ticket was the only one to match all the winning numbers, Powerball officials said late Wednesday.

The jackpot was estimated at $425.3 million, with a cash payout option of $242.2 million. It's one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history — but still far from the record.

A ticket for the nation's second-largest lottery prize ever was also purchased in the area. In December, two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta, for a $636 million Mega Millions prize.

The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million last May.

Wednesday's drawing also saw 17 tickets match enough numbers to win $1 million, and one ticket won a $2 million prize, according to a statement from Rose J. Hudson, chair of the Powerball Game Group and President of the Louisiana Lottery.

"Here's a bit of advice for all of those big Powerball winners: If you haven't already, sign the back of your tickets and store them in a safe place," Hudson said. "Use the claim time period to consult trusted financial and legal professionals; then you'll be prepared to bask in an amazing Powerball winning experience!"

Changes to top lottery games have created bigger jackpots in shorter periods of time. More than half of the top 10 prizes in U.S. lottery history have occurred since 2012, according to statistics provided by the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Powerball's game changes in January 2012 included an increase in ticket price from $1 to $2. Starting jackpots went from $20 million to $40 million, and pots increased by more money with each roll. Mega Millions also went through a revamp that included decreasing the odds of winning the top prize to 1 in about 259 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.

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   Boeing Machinists in St. Louis will vote Sunday on a new contract.  

   The tentative deal reached yesterday is designed to lower the cost of making fighter jets and avoid layoffs here.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the deal sweetens buyouts for veteran workers and cuts wages for many future hires, while setting raises, bonuses and benefits through 2022.  

   Boeing officials say the changes are needed in order to reduce the cost of building the F/A 18 Super Hornet, with the hopes of keeping the line going after 2016.  

   The union vote comes one day before the Pentagon releases its next fiscal budget, which isn't expected to include any new Super Hornets for the Navy.  

   Boeing officials plan to ask Congress to add 20 new Super Hornets when they revised the budget. 

   

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   Military personnel cuts will take a big bite out of Fort Leonard Wood.  The largest base in Missouri is expected to lose one-thousand soldiers by October 2015 as part of budget cutting across the U.S. military.
   Fort Leonard Wood CO, Army Major General Leslie Smith outlined the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about seven-thousand people in uniform work at the base, known mainly for training new recruits, military police and engineers.  The paper reports the cuts will come from Forces Command, a less visible group that deploys soldiers overseas.  
   Personnel cuts are also expected to affect Scott Air Force Base, but the extent of those cuts isn't yet known.
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