July 24, 2023 3 min read


California Resident Claims Historic $1.08B Powerball Jackpot

The identity of the winner remains a mystery for now, as they have yet to come forward to claim their life-changing prize

The California Lottery has officially announced a historic win in the Powerball drawing held on July 19. A lucky ticket sold at the Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles, a neighborhood known for its struggles with homelessness and crime, has matched all six winning numbers, securing an astounding $1.08 billion jackpot, making it the third-largest in Powerball history since its inception in 1992. 

Store Owner Elated After Selling $1.08B Powerball Jackpot Ticket

California regulations require the winner to be publicly identified, adding to the anticipation and curiosity surrounding this extraordinary event. 

The store owner, Nabor Herrera, was elated to discover that he had sold the winning ticket at his shop. Speaking in Spanish, Herrera expressed his joy and speculated that the winner might be a Latino, given that most of his customers are from the Latino community.

Herrera is also set to receive the substantial sum of $1 million for selling the winning $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot ticket. Having owned the store for seven years, Herrera expressed his intentions to utilize the seller bonus to expand his business, further enhancing the Las Palmitas Mini Market’s offerings and services. Additionally, he plans to create unforgettable memories with his family by treating them to a well-deserved vacation in either Cabo San Lucas or Cancun, Mexico.

Emotional Reactions Unfold as Woman Claims Powerball Jackpot at Las Palmitas Mini Market

Amidst the celebrations, a woman claiming to be the lucky winner made an appearance at the Las Palmitas Mini Market, where reporters were quick to capture her emotional reaction on camera, reported The Independent. Overwhelmed with joy, she embraced strangers and fought back tears. 

However, some scepticism arose within the community regarding the authenticity of her claims. Sarai Palacios, the granddaughter of the store owner, suggested that the woman might be faking her emotional outburst, speculating that she might have sought attention and media coverage.

In contrast, Herrera’s daughters believed that the woman could indeed be the daughter of one of their regular customers, adding a layer of intrigue to the unfolding saga.

California Lottery spokesperson Carolyn Becker assured the public that they would conduct a thorough verification process to ensure the legitimacy of the winner’s claim. During a press conference, Becker emphasized that anybody claiming to be the winner wouldn’t be considered valid until they said it was.

In other news, a man from Dayton, Ohio, became Jackpocket’s 30th millionaire after winning $1 million in the Powerball. The leading lottery app in the US reached a significant milestone, with more people using the platform for a chance to win life-changing sums, as the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots continue to grow.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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