MENIFEE: Winning Powerball ticket sold at Sun City liquor store

The Sun City liquor story where a winning Powerball ticket was sold. Will Fritz photo
The Sun City liquor story where a winning Powerball ticket was sold. Will Fritz photo

A Powerball ticket sold at a Menifee liquor store successfully matched all six numbers for a $447.8 million jackpot, the California Lottery announced Saturday night.

The winning ticket was purchased from Marietta Liquor and Deli, located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City.

The winning numbers were were 20, 26, 32, 38, 58 and the Powerball number 3.

Saturday’s jackpot is the seventh-largest in Powerball’s history, according to the California lottery. The winner will have the option of taking the entire prize amount over a 30-year period or a lump sum amount of $279.1 million

The store where the winning ticket was sold will receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling the ticket.

Matthew Alberre, the store’s manager, said he was with family celebrating his cousin’s high school graduation when he received word about the winning ticket.

“I started crying. I was very, very happy,” he said. “And I’m very thankful for what happened.”

Alberre said the store does not yet have any plans for what they will do with the $1 million bonus.

“We haven’t really talked about it,” he said. “We’re still thinking about it. We haven’t had time to get everything in, you know.”

The earliest the winner could claim their prize was 8 a.m. Monday; the winner will have one year from the draw date to come forward.

Two tickets with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, were also sold elsewhere in the country, and are worth more than $322,000 each.

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