Chino Hills, California, 7-Eleven Owner Gets $1 Million Bonus for Selling Winning Powerball Ticket: 'I'll Be Sharing It'
"I'll be sharing it with my employee and the needy people, but I'm not going to get a million," storeowner Bibir Atwal said
More than 100 people showed up to celebrate at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California, that sold one of three jackpot-winning Powerball tickets on Wednesday night.
The mind-boggling $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be split three ways by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
The three winners have not yet been identified and a California Lottery spokesperson told PEOPLE that the winners have 180 days to claim the prize.
The information released about the winners will vary by the rules of the states in which the winning tickets were purchased.
The Florida winner must claim their winnings within 60 days to receive the winning in a one-time lump-sum payment, a spokesperson for the Florida Lottery tells PEOPLE.
“It is not uncommon for jackpot winners to take some time before coming forward to get their affairs in order and the Florida Lottery encourage that, as this is certainly a life-changing amount of money,” the spokesperson said.
Shortly after the winning Powerball numbers of 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10 were announced, the California lotto tweeted that a jackpot-winning ticket had been sold in Chino Hills, a suburb about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.
The store will get a $1 million bonus for selling the ticket. Storeowner Bibir Atwal spoke to Good Morning America about his plans for spending the winnings.
“I’ll be sharing it with my employee and the needy people, but I’m not going to get a million,” Atwal said. Adding that, “it’s way less than that” after taxes.
Atwal said that “everybody” came to the store to celebrate Wednesday night. “I love Chino Hills, my customers. They are so nice and they support us,” he said.
The two other winning tickets were sold in Munford, Tennessee, and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The draw also produced eight $2 million Power Play winners and 73 $1 million winners nationwide, Sally Lunsford of the Kansas Lottery told ABC 23. The California Lottery claimed that there were 12 additional winning tickets with 5 of 6 matching numbers sold across the state.
The nearly $1.6 billion jackpot reached record levels after 20 drawings without a winner. The first Powerball jackpot started at $40 million on Nov. 7, 2015.