Millions gathered around eagerly purchased slips of paper Wednesday night as the winning numbers for the $1.5 billion Powerball lottery were announced. The five white balls and lone red one chosen were:
04, 08, 19, 27, 34. Powerball: 10
California Lottery officials reported at least one winning ticket was sold in the state, in the Chino Hills suburb outside Los Angeles. Two additional winning tickets were sold in Florida and Tennessee, The Associated Press reported.
If by some happenstance you beat the odds for the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history (a paltry one-in-292.2 million shot), first off, well done, you! Second, it's probably best you hire a financial adviser and seriously consider taking the annuity so you don't ruin your life.
The advice stops there, because, well, most of you reading this have some great material to start a fire and that's about it.
This article has been updated to include the California announcement.
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