Lottery fever was building in Southern California all day on Wednesday as the Powerball jackpot climbed to more than $300 million for the first time in about a year.
The estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was up to $317 million dollars, according to the Powerball website. The one-time cash payout would be worth over $220 million.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were 24, 36, 51, 52, 56 and the Powerball 22.
Earlier in the day, hopeful gamblers flocked to Bluebird Liquor in Hawthorne, which has seen multiple big wins in past.
"This is where I buy my tickets all the time," said Dino Correa of Torrance. "I had my girls pick the numbers this year and I'm going to play them all year long."
The last time a Powerball drawing topped $300 million was in February of 2014, when B. Raymond Buxton of Northern California struck the jackpot for $425.3 million.
Buxton waited until April Fools’ Day to claim his prize and wore a shirt featuring a picture of Yoda that read “Luck of the Jedi I have.”
Buxton won the prize with a single $2 Quick Pick ticket.