The prize, which dates back to the drawing held on September 21, 2013, was claimed by a 41-year-old Powerball player from New Orleans. The lottery has not revealed the winner's identity, but lottery staff said the man told them he only thought to check his tickets because a friend told him a New Orleans player had failed to claim their prize.
The US Powerball is a multi-state draw that offers a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 (EST). The next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday and has an estimated jackpot of $80 million.