Arizona Ticket Holder Claims Half of Record $587.5 Million Powerball Jackpot

Powerball winnerBREAKING: From the Associated Press: "Lottery officials say Powerball winner is man in 30s from Fountain Hills, Ariz."

PHOENIX, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The holder of a winning lottery ticket bought in Arizona has come forward to claim half of a record $587.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the Arizona lottery said on Friday.

The ticket holder, who has not been identified, shares the huge prize in the Nov. 29 draw with a Missouri couple, Mark and Cindy Hill, who claimed their prize a week ago.

The Arizona winner, who bought the ticket at a food store in the Phoenix valley but did not immediately come forward to claim the prize, has opted to take $192 million before taxes rather than a larger annuity payment over 30 years, the lottery said.

Lottery authorities were due to hold a news conference later in Phoenix to provide further details, although they said the winner had declined to participate.

The popular lottery - which is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - had not had a winner for two months.

Hopes of winning the vast prize spurred frenzied ticket sales in the days before the draw, boosting the prize by more than $260 million.

The Hills - a mechanic and a former office manager - also opted to take the prize in cash. They told a news conference they would stay put in Missouri, but had plans to travel. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Cynthia Johnston and Todd Eastham)


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Robert & Carmen

So what happened to the guy that showed up at a gas station in Maryland with the wiinning ticket from Arizona. He was a Highway construction worker....? It was on the news the day after the lottery draw.....he showed the ticket to others in the store and they confirmed he had the winning numbers.......another hoax?

December 07 2012 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jwyola

Congrats to you.. Enjoy

December 07 2012 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kj`s

I don`t pllay the lottery if it gets high, Wouldn`t want the attention a huge amount would bring. $2 buys me 3 cups of senior coffee at McDonalds that all I need..

December 07 2012 at 7:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ghelm92160

It was reported the payout to the second winner is 192m. Do the math and the gov. gets 200m before taxes. What a bunch of saps we are! Right Bernie Madoff?

December 07 2012 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

good luck,,,,,,,,I would move out of the country.........Democrates will get you....

December 07 2012 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
greenapples1323

if i won that jackpot..first a new fire stationat a gift of $35 million and $20 million to the police for increased patrols and cars, then million for $10 a small up to date food bank warehouse with proper fridges and freezers, then$20 million in citywide scholorships in the medical and political sciences fields to be used over 20 years for Americas future well being, then $35 million for a multiple room community center in the city for after school free classes like exercise fun dance, music, games, girl/boy scouts, crafts clubs open 7 days.during the morning till 2pm adults could use these rooms for community classes. 1 million for family to split up $2 million for my future health/retirement $10 million for ywca/ymca city clubs and summer camps.

December 07 2012 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BARRY AND KATHY

I'd get the medium frosty at Wendys instead of the small.

December 08 2012 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wbrlsn

must/ben/nice

December 07 2012 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply