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Arizona Lottery releases name of Powerball jackpot winner

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PHOENIX, Az. — The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.

The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.

Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now and not in the next calendar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.

Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was "a typical kid" who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father Ray with the news.

"My husband, he just can't get over it," said Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee. "It's his son."

He told his father "they're out of sight and they would contact him," she said.

No one answered the door Monday at Good's home, which has a tile roof and desert landscaping.

Property records showed that Good paid $289,900 for the 2,500-square-foot home in September 2011. The real estate listing describes the house as having gorgeous mountain views, vaulted ceilings, a backyard with an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage.

Good previously 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."

Charlotte Good said she helped raise Matt from the age of 5 — after his biological mother had died of cancer — and until his late teens, when he moved in to the house next door to live with his ailing grandfather.

Charlotte Good was reading details about her stepson's winnings from Internet accounts on Monday while she packed for an impending move.

Matt Good attended Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, and had been working in the electronics field when they moved to Arizona a year ago, she said. A LinkedIn profile for Matthew Good in Fountain Hills lists him as a training manager for an electronics company.

Neighbors said they were slightly acquainted with Good and described him as a generous, amiable person who keeps up his property.

Randy Tanner, who lives next door, said Good has a warm relationship with his daughter, who is about 5. Good recently helped Tanner carry a table to a friend's house in the neighborhood.

"You can't beat them for neighbors," said retired police officer Jerry Meltzer, who lives across the street.

Good bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winner in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was an instant millionaire.

Lotto officials said 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 Good and his wife learned of their good fortune, he pulled together a team of financial advisers and decided to take his share this month to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2013.

Lottery officials said Good's wife owns half the prize because Arizona is a community property state.

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 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.

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Posted: December 11, 2012, 8:55 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to Mr. Good and family...

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    Posted: December 11, 2012, 9:00 am - IP Logged

    I think this residence now serves as the off site location for his house staff to enjoy on their days off.

     

    Yeah - That Kinda Rich!!!

     

    Party

    "Everything works  ONCE!"

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      Posted: December 11, 2012, 9:06 am - IP Logged

      Congrats! to them, a Wonderful Christmas 2012 Smiley Santa  and a Happy New Year 2013

                       

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        Posted: December 11, 2012, 9:21 am - IP Logged

        Wow... so it's obviously not the guy from the video. I wonder what happened.

        "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

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          Posted: December 11, 2012, 9:43 am - IP Logged

          Wow... so it's obviously not the guy from the video. I wonder what happened.

          He had a lot of us fooled. It seems some folks will do pretty much anything to get a few minutes of fame No Nod

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            Posted: December 11, 2012, 10:09 am - IP Logged

            Although I appreciate the information about the winner because it satisfies my curiosity, this story gives too much information on a winner who wanted to remain annonymous.

            Isn't Arizona an annonymous state?

            The Press can find out anything about you so watch out.

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              Posted: December 11, 2012, 10:16 am - IP Logged

              Although I appreciate the information about the winner because it satisfies my curiosity, this story gives too much information on a winner who wanted to remain annonymous.

              Isn't Arizona an annonymous state?

              The Press can find out anything about you so watch out.

              No, it isn't one of those states.

               

              The jackpot was a record. The media couldn't resist it.

               

              What made it worse was that the other couple claimed so quickly which honed all focus on the winner from AZ.

              "Everything works  ONCE!"

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                Posted: December 11, 2012, 10:43 am - IP Logged

                He obviously owns a modest home! So much for him already being wealthy because he lives in Fountain Hills Arizona!

                Now, what will the crybabies whine about! Crying

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                  Posted: December 11, 2012, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                  The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.

                  The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.

                  Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now and not in the next calendar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.

                  Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was "a typical kid" who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father Ray with the news.

                  "My husband, he just can't get over it," said Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee. "It's his son."

                  He told his father "they're out of sight and they would contact him," she said.

                  No one answered the door Monday at Good's home, which has a tile roof and desert landscaping.

                  Property records showed that Good paid $289,900 for the 2,500-square-foot home in September 2011. The real estate listing describes the house as having gorgeous mountain views, vaulted ceilings, a backyard with an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage.

                  Good previously 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."

                  Charlotte Good said she helped raise Matt from the age of 5 — after his biological mother had died of cancer — and until his late teens, when he moved in to the house next door to live with his ailing grandfather.

                  Charlotte Good was reading details about her stepson's winnings from Internet accounts on Monday while she packed for an impending move.

                  Matt Good attended Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, and had been working in the electronics field when they moved to Arizona a year ago, she said. A LinkedIn profile for Matthew Good in Fountain Hills lists him as a training manager for an electronics company.

                  Neighbors said they were slightly acquainted with Good and described him as a generous, amiable person who keeps up his property.

                  Randy Tanner, who lives next door, said Good has a warm relationship with his daughter, who is about 5. Good recently helped Tanner carry a table to a friend's house in the neighborhood.

                  "You can't beat them for neighbors," said retired police officer Jerry Meltzer, who lives across the street.

                  Good bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winner in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was an instant millionaire.

                  Lotto officials said 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 Good and his wife learned of their good fortune, he pulled together a team of financial advisers and decided to take his share this month to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2013.

                  Lottery officials said Good's wife owns half the prize because Arizona is a community property state.

                  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 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.

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                  why  would  any  body wanted   no  who  won  ,  it  was,nt  u  . it  a  reason   why  people  wants  to  be  anonmous, 

                    people  is  crazy  out  here   ,  u  can get  kill,     u  saw  what  happen  fla,

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                    Posted: December 11, 2012, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                    Although I appreciate the information about the winner because it satisfies my curiosity, this story gives too much information on a winner who wanted to remain annonymous.

                    Isn't Arizona an annonymous state?

                    The Press can find out anything about you so watch out.

                    Apparently "anonymous" only means the lottery won't issue press releases with your name in Arizona. It's no different than information on property ownership - they don't publicize it, but the information is part of their public records and available to anyone who asks. The only thing in their way is some minor paperwork, and possibly a modest fee.

                    Once they've got the name and town the rest of it is pretty easy unless there are a few people with your name in that town. Even if there are several people with the same name, knowing your age may narrow it down to one choice. There's a good chance that even if your mother is remarried and has a different name than you it can be found in no more than 10 or 15 minutes, for free. Pay a modest one-time fee or pony up for an annual membership and you can get a thorough record including family relationships, past residences, job history, and what kind of cars they've got. And that's before figuring that that may have an account on facebook or any of the numerous job-related networking sites.

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                      Posted: December 11, 2012, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

                      Well at least he won't have to live in a desert anymore.

                      Although you do save a lot on lawnmower blade sharpening that way.

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                        Posted: December 11, 2012, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                        Well at least he won't have to live in a desert anymore.

                        Although you do save a lot on lawnmower blade sharpening that way.

                        Not to mention the money you save paying some kid to shovel your snow.Living in the desert has its rewards.

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                          Posted: December 11, 2012, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

                          Congrats to Mr. Good and his family!

                          Of course, now he's totally $crewed because he wanted to remain anonymous, but the press had to find out his name so the leeches can seek him out and get what they can from him.

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                            Posted: December 11, 2012, 12:57 pm - IP Logged

                            I hope the winner steps forward.