By Jessica Farrar-Bennett, CNNMoney.com, January 13, 2019 8:25:17 Mega Millions Powerball winner Jim Hargrave, a former basketball star and an executive for a marketing firm in Texas, was the highest-paid winner of the state’s lottery on Wednesday.
He got a $14.4 million bonus.
The jackpot for the second prize, which will be distributed by the state, was set at $9.3 million.
But Mr. Hargraves’ salary will be paid out based on his winning total in the previous Powerball jackpot, the Texas Lottery Authority said.
It’s the highest annual payout in the history of the Powerball, which was launched in 1984.
The lottery is expected to distribute a total of more than $1.8 billion worth of Powerball prizes this year.
The winning tickets are usually worth more than half the price.
A winning ticket is worth between $1 and $6,500.
It is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The winner has the choice of picking up the cash or giving it to a charity.
Mr. Bigglesworth won the jackpot in the $9 million Powerball on Wednesday, with $9,000 to his name.
His son, Robert, who won a prize in the same Powerball last year, is a lawyer in California.
Robert Biggelsworth told CNNMoney that his father had been “very well-liked” in Texas and that he was very proud to have won.
He said his father is the most successful lottery winner of all time.
“I think my dad’s going to be very, very well-respected in Texas,” Robert Biggsworth said.
The Texas Lotteries Authority said that the prize money will be shared between the winners and charities.
The total amount of money that Mr. Boggsworth will get in total is $9 billion, including a $1 billion prize pool.
The Powerball is a national phenomenon that has generated billions of dollars in ticket sales.
It involves drawing a number and spending that amount in the lottery.
The prize pool is set at one-half the amount of the ticket price, meaning that the total amount is roughly $9 trillion, the lottery authority said.
Winners in the past year have been mostly white, older men and women.
The odds of winning the jackpots are about one in 4 million.
There were more than 3.3 billion Powerball tickets sold in the U.S. in January, up from 3.2 billion in January 2018.
About 3.6 million people participated in the contest, according to the lottery’s website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.