First California Powerball Jackpot Winner Claims Prize
Nov. 6, 2013 – Since joining in the multi-state game Powerball in April, plenty of California Lottery players have won non-jackpot prizes, some even worth $1 million. Until Oct. 23, however, nobody in California had hit the jackpot playing Powerball.
Monday, the man who broke California’s jackpot non-winning streak came forward to claim his prize, a $213 million jackpot.
Carlo, “Carl” Mitchell is California’s very first Powerball jackpot winner. Mitchell and his wife live in Fresno, Calif., and they told the California Lottery that while Carl was calm, cool, and collected when he found out he’d won, his wife had more trouble handling the excitement.
Like a scene from a comedy, Mitchell’s wife apparently fainted in the front yard – right on a new couch the couple were having moved into their house.
That was nearly two weeks ago, as Mitchell regularly plays the winning numbers 3, 23, 31, 34, 47, and the Powerball number 13. Since learning that they’d won, the couple has been preparing to collect a life-changing sum of money.
While it was not immediately clear if the retired couple chose the annuity prize or the roughly $123 million cash option, they did reveal some of their plans to California Lottery officials.
The Mitchells said they would be donating money to their church, paying bills, helping family, and possibly buying themselves a vacation home.
Several of the couple’s neighbors and friends have been interviewed following the announcement that Carl Mitchell had won the jackpot prize, and all seem to agree: the money won’t change the Mitchells.