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Arizona man claims other half of record Powerball jackpot

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Looming tax increases prompt hasty claim

PHOENIX, Az. — Fallout from the looming fiscal cliff has drifted into the Powerball arena.

A man who lottery officials announced Friday has claimed his half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, decided to collect the winnings now and not next year because of the financial uncertainty posed by the nation's ongoing financial impasse.

The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.

He gave $20 to the cashier of a Fountain Hills convenience store, and the clerk nudged him to spend the entire amount on tickets. He declined the offer.

After the man and his wife learned of their good fortune, the husband pulled together a team of financial advisers and decided to take all of his share this month to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2013, said Karen Bach, a lottery official.

"He did have concern with the uncertainty with the fiscal cliff in 2013," Bach said, referring to the federal fiscal situation that could result in higher income tax rates.

The man and his lawyer met with lottery officials Friday, and he opted to take the cash option of $192 million before taxes. Lottery officials said his wife owns half the prize because Arizona is a community property state.

"He and his wife couldn't believe it," Bach said. "They checked the numbers over and over again — absolutely shocked."

Bach said the man is smart and wants to take time to make a solid financial plan and set up a charitable entity to aid causes that he and his wife support. Lottery officials say the man told them he enjoys his job and has no immediate plans to quit.

The unidentified winner later issued a statement that said: "It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy."

The statement directed all inquiries to an Arizona law firm, which didn't immediately return a call after business hours Friday.

A mechanic and his wife, Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., already have claimed their half of the multistate Powerball prize.

The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.

Before the Nov. 28 drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without any winners. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.

Lottery officials said the Arizona couple moved from Pennsylvania a year ago. While in Pennsylvania, the couple regularly played the lottery but had done so only twice since moving to Arizona, Bach said.

After realizing he had won, the man and his wife spent the weekend "trying to recover from the shock," Bach said.

AP, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: December 8, 2012, 9:24 am - IP Logged

Noel It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Noel

 

Congrats to this lucky AZ Family!

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    The Greensburg Tribune-Review says that the winner is a former PA man.

    Hurray for PA!

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      Posted: December 8, 2012, 10:17 am - IP Logged

      ''The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.''

      Hmmm...

      I didn't realize construction paid so well to where he would be able to already be living in such a wealthy suburb. Is this Arizonia winner the black construction guy that was caught on camera or was that video a hoax? 

      Congrats to him! It should be a very fun Christmas and New Years for the newest powerball family! :))

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        This would be idea of how I would claim if I ever won in my own fantasy world..lol  I would wait a couple weeks and claim anonymous and avoid all press conference. I would  NOT wait the two-six months non-sense like some people talk about on here. If my ducks weren't lined up within that time frame then I would march right down to lottery headquarters and get my check, even if that meant I had to be in the spotlight . lol

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          Posted: December 8, 2012, 10:21 am - IP Logged

          ''The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.''

          Hmmm...

          I didn't realize construction paid so well to where he would be able to already be living in such a wealthy suburb. Is this Arizonia winner the black construction guy that was caught on camera or was that video a hoax? 

          Congrats to him! It should be a very fun Christmas and New Years for the newest powerball family! :))

          Only time will tell. I thought the guy lived in Maryland. Never take media to sedulously.

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            Posted: December 8, 2012, 10:28 am - IP Logged

            ''The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.''

            Hmmm...

            I didn't realize construction paid so well to where he would be able to already be living in such a wealthy suburb. Is this Arizonia winner the black construction guy that was caught on camera or was that video a hoax? 

            Congrats to him! It should be a very fun Christmas and New Years for the newest powerball family! :))

            Where is the real winning ticket picture? Was the Afro American man on the video the real powerball winner?

            They should allow us to claim anonymously in every state, so we do not have to ask these questions.

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              ''The man, who is in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb, decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire.''

              Hmmm...

              I didn't realize construction paid so well to where he would be able to already be living in such a wealthy suburb. Is this Arizonia winner the black construction guy that was caught on camera or was that video a hoax? 

              Congrats to him! It should be a very fun Christmas and New Years for the newest powerball family! :))

              there was one ticket in Maryland with the power play option that matched 5 numbers without the Powerball. My guess is that the guy in the Maryland surveillance footage may have been the guy that won a secondary prize.

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                Posted: December 8, 2012, 10:55 am - IP Logged

                Not everyone in Fountain Hills is wealthy!

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                  Posted: December 8, 2012, 11:00 am - IP Logged

                  there was one ticket in Maryland with the power play option that matched 5 numbers without the Powerball. My guess is that the guy in the Maryland surveillance footage may have been the guy that won a secondary prize.

                  My thoughts exactly... Doesn't mean it was a hoax... I would get that excited over a million dollars too!!!

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                    Not everyone in Fountain Hills is wealthy!

                    Right.... Only 99.9% of them are..... and the other .1% lie about it... lol. lol.


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                      there was one ticket in Maryland with the power play option that matched 5 numbers without the Powerball. My guess is that the guy in the Maryland surveillance footage may have been the guy that won a secondary prize.

                      If that were the case we would have heard his story by now...... Just another WacArnolds worker....


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                        Where is the real winning ticket picture? Was the Afro American man on the video the real powerball winner?

                        They should allow us to claim anonymously in every state, so we do not have to ask these questions.

                        They should deny anonymity to anyone who cashes a ticket, then these question would already be answered.


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                          This would be idea of how I would claim if I ever won in my own fantasy world..lol  I would wait a couple weeks and claim anonymous and avoid all press conference. I would  NOT wait the two-six months non-sense like some people talk about on here. If my ducks weren't lined up within that time frame then I would march right down to lottery headquarters and get my check, even if that meant I had to be in the spotlight . lol

                          Smart thinking...... Thats why we buy the ticket.............

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                            Posted: December 8, 2012, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                            Right.... Only 99.9% of them are..... and the other .1% lie about it... lol. lol.

                            The PB jackpot is $40M for tonight drawing.lol