California misses out on Powerball jackpot, again

State law explicitly excludes lottery winnings from taxes.
California State Lottery spokesperson Carolyn Becker, left, and director Alva Johnson speak during a news conference outside the Las Palmitas Mini Market in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, July 20, 2023, where the winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot, worth an estimated $1.08 billion, was sold. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The single person who purchased the winning Powerball ticket ahead of Wednesday’s billion-dollar drawing will create a lot of winners: The store itself gets a reward for selling the ticket. The federal government will get a hefty tax payout. And, most likely, the winner’s family is going to be pretty happy.

One group that won’t reap any windfall: The state of California, where the winning ticket was sold.

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