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'Arizona 9' claims half of $94.1M Powerball lottery jackpot

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Cheers and shouts filled the lobby of the Arizona Lottery Thursday morning as the terminal rang out "We are in the Money," signaling the validation of the winning Powerball jackpot.

"That's when we knew it was really real," said Tanya Poirier, one of the "Arizona 9," a group of seven co-workers and two spouses who shared one-half of a $94.1 million Powerball jackpot for the Wednesday, Nov. 1, drawing. Their half of the jackpot came to $47,050,000.

Arizona Lottery Executive Director Art Macias said he was "thrilled" about an Arizona winner. "The last time we had a jackpot winner was in December 2004 and, although we have had 68 second-place winning tickets since then, we think we are due for another big jackpot. And this being our 25th Anniversary, the timing couldn't be better for these winners and Arizona communities!"

Tanya, who buys the tickets, said she brought the "pool tradition" from a former job to the local architectural firm for which the group works. They have been playing for a little over a year but typically only when the jackpot hits the $100 million mark.

"We are tickled pink that we played early this year," she said.

The "Arizona 9" are Tanya and Steve Poirier, Mark Kristen, Dawn and Mitchell Levy, Jinia Sarkar, Eve Kalliokoski, all of Phoenix; Andrew Schuh, Queen Creek; and Scott Alack, Tempe.

They discovered they had won when a co-worker checked the winning numbers on the web, printed them and took them to Tanya. Tanya checked and double-checked to confirm the numbers. They notified the other co-workers who also notified their spouses. "Neither spouse believed them; they thought it was joke," she said.

Everybody was still a bit skeptical until they came to the Lottery to claim their prize.

Asked if the group would continue to play, Tanya said, "Oh Yeah! We had winners on other tickets and just rolled them over for the next drawing." Since joining Powerball in 1994, Arizona has sold eight winning Powerball jackpots. Arizona Powerball sales have exceeded $1.2 billion and have generated almost $405 million for the State of Arizona (General Fund and Mass Transit).

Arizona sold one of the two winning jackpot tickets; the other was sold in Minnesota. For the Nov. 1 drawing, Arizona sold more than 27,640 winning tickets and three for the $10,000 prize. The winning numbers are: 7, 8, 13, 46, and 54. The Powerball is 35 and Power Play is 2.

The winning ticket was sold at 7-Eleven #16393, 2424 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix. For selling the winning ticket, 7-Eleven will receive $25,000 as part of the Lottery's overall retailer incentive program.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the 7-Eleven store will be presented with its check. On hand for the celebration will be 7-Eleven officials and Lottery representatives (including mascot Windfall Willie). From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 98 KUPD radio station will be on-site.

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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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Posted: November 3, 2006, 9:44 am - IP Logged

Party time! Use the money wisely.

 

Party

    floridian's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing

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    Posted: November 3, 2006, 10:30 am - IP Logged

    Very, very cool - I was raised in Arizona, North Phoenix to be specific so I have some feeling for Arizona people.  As you can see I still like warm climates.

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      Posted: November 3, 2006, 10:46 am - IP Logged

      Yet another winner(s) that ran into the lottery office literally before the ink was dry on the ticket-- Obviously without financial advice, planning or legal representation.

      I hope they don't fall victim to excessive taxes but it looks like they didn't think about that. They got caught up in the moment and didn't plan accordingly..

       

      Congratulations on the win...good luck managing it.

      DD

       

                                     

                    

       

       

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        Posted: November 3, 2006, 11:20 am - IP Logged

        No mention at all of a 'quick-pick', so it must have been hand-picked numbers.

         

        As far as showing up too soon, they can do that to claim ownership of their share, but they don't necessarily have to pick up the

        actual money until they have representation. 

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          Posted: November 3, 2006, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

          There shares are $5 million annuity and about a little over $2 million if they choose cash.  They are not swimming in the loot if you know what I mean.-weshar75

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            Posted: November 3, 2006, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

            my brother claude lives in phoenix.maybe he knows one of the winners.if so that would be nice Big Smile

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              Englewood, Colorado
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              Posted: November 3, 2006, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

              You must have a dark cloud hanging over you to make a statement like "They are not swimming in the loot if you know what I mean."

              Would you be moping over the fact that you weren't filthy rich to the tune of tens of millions if you only won a measly "2 million"?

              Myself and thousands of others would consider 2 million to be life changing. But not you I guess.

              Your math is a little off too. The lump sum cash payout is about 3.7 million, after taxes.

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                Posted: November 3, 2006, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

                You must have a dark cloud hanging over you to make a statement like "They are not swimming in the loot if you know what I mean."

                Would you be moping over the fact that you weren't filthy rich to the tune of tens of millions if you only won a measly "2 million"?

                Myself and thousands of others would consider 2 million to be life changing. But not you I guess.

                Your math is a little off too. The lump sum cash payout is about 3.7 million, after taxes.

                I guess I was a little off on my math.  When you have $47,050,000 annuity and you divide it by 9 you get roughly $5,227,778 annuity a piece for 9 winners.  Or at 47.5% cash value you have a cash check of about $2,483,195 if the 9 winners take cash.  Both figures are before taxes.  My point is that if there had been a single winner their would have been a bigger single prize.  You have a nice day now okay!!!!!!!!!!!-weshar75

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                  Posted: November 3, 2006, 6:03 pm - IP Logged

                  my brother claude lives in phoenix.maybe he knows one of the winners.if so that would be nice Big Smile

                  And you folks STILL give me proof we need an anonymous lottery......    LOL

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                    Posted: November 3, 2006, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

                    Anybody want to set an over/under on how many days it will be before someone sues the AZ 9 claiming they should have been in the pool that day? 

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                      Posted: November 4, 2006, 5:56 am - IP Logged

                      Anybody want to set an over/under on how many days it will be before someone sues the AZ 9 claiming they should have been in the pool that day? 

                      I'm still waiting on those six people at the meat packing plant in Minnesota to get sued.  So far no word.  Perhaps they missed the bullet.  Sure hope so.

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                        Posted: November 16, 2006, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                        When do you all think the winner in Minnesota will come forward?  It has been 2 weeks now.

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                          Posted: November 20, 2006, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

                          ^^^^