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Arkansas Lottery gets its first Powerball jackpot winner

PowerballPowerball: Arkansas Lottery gets its first Powerball jackpot winner

Just two months after the first Powerball ticket was sold in Arkansas, the state has produced its first jackpot winner.

The 29-year, 30-installment annuity jackpot was $25 million, which can also be claimed as a $12,153,621 million cash option.  The net payout after the automatic 25% federal tax withholdings for the cash option would be $9,115,216.  Arkansas does not withhold state tax from lottery prize payouts.

The lucky jackpot win for one Arkansas player comes despite the fact that typically only about 4% of all Powerball winners from all prize categories are sold in Arkansas.

To illustrate the long odds on this accomplishment, three states — Maine, North Dakota, and Vermont — plus the U.S. Virgin Islands have never even had a single jackpot winner in a combined 51 years of participation.

The winning numbers drawn in Saturday night's Powerball drawing were 3, 7, 23, 27, and 42, with a Powerball of 37.

The Power Play multiplier, which increases non-jackpot prizes for tickets purchased with the extra $1 option, was 3.

The Arkansas lottery started selling scratch-off tickets, then added Powerball ticket sales Oct. 31 and Cash 3 ticket sales Dec. 14.  It plans to begin selling tickets to the Mega Millions game Jan. 31.

Updated Jan. 3, 2010, 7:53 p.m.:  Montana did in fact have one winner in its Powerball history — on Mar. 27, 1999.  Therefore, the story has been updated to accurately reflect that three states (not four), plus the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a combined 51 years of participation (not 69), have never had a jackpot winner.

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Posted: January 3, 2010, 10:30 am - IP Logged

That is Fantastic, congratulations fella Arkansan.

    Litebets27's avatar - power
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    Posted: January 3, 2010, 11:11 am - IP Logged

    Hooray!!  Good for Arkansas, and congratulations to the winner.  Arkansas is already planning to merge with MegaMillion. And NO STATE TAX WITH HOLDINGS!! What a State!!Thumbs Up

    Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

    Peace be with you!!

      Grovel's avatar - f800e6a39fbfea795d1dcbb09f2244
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      Posted: January 3, 2010, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

      Wish it had been me, but congrats. Glad our state has its first winner.

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        Posted: January 3, 2010, 5:12 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats to the lucky first Arkansas Powerball winner!

          maringoman's avatar - kobold
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          Posted: January 4, 2010, 12:05 am - IP Logged

          oh the winner must feel so lucky. The  state lottery commision will splash his picture and story at every space they get. Not bad.

            ThatScaryChick's avatar - AbnSTiA

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            Posted: January 4, 2010, 2:13 am - IP Logged

            Congrats to the first Arkansas Powerball winner! I bet whoever won it, will be getting a lot of attention in the state.

            "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."