it could be due to their recent triumph in a part of the Powerball lottery, with an estimated value of $1.73 billion – the second-largest lottery jackpot in the United States to date.

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The ticket that hit the jackpot in Wednesday's draw was purchased in California, and the winning numbers were 22, 24, 40, 52, 64, and 10.

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This is the second time in four months that the Powerball jackpot has exceeded ten digits, marking the fourth instance of such a substantial prize. The most recent occurrence was in July.

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 one in August, worth $1.58 billion, and another in January, worth $1.35 billion. The largest American lottery jackpot was a $2.04 billion Powerball prize drawn in November.

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If it seems like there is an increasing number of these jaw-dropping jackpots, it's because there are indeed more of them, and it's all part of a deliberate strategy.

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Over the past decade, lottery organizers have modified the odds of the games to facilitate the accumulation of larger jackpot sums, creating even more excitement.

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 This is why Washington Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary advises that winners should consult with financial advisors to make wise choices regarding their newfound wealth.

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It's worth noting that the winner should be prepared to pay a federal tax rate of 37 percent on the majority of their winnings since the IRS treats lottery winnings as regular income.

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