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$254 million Powerball lottery ticket richest ever in Missouri

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The winner of the largest lottery jackpot ever sold in Missouri — worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars — bought the ticket at a suburban St. Louis grocery store, state lottery officials said Thursday.

One person matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday - 9, 19, 29, 42, 53 and the Powerball number 17. The winner of the $254 million prize had not yet come forward. The ticket was sold at the Dierbergs grocery store on Tesson Ferry Road in south St. Louis County.

"We're very excited," assistant store director Patricia Cook said. "Our associates are hoping it's one of our regulars. We have some people who come in every day."

The jackpot is the largest in the 21-year history of the Missouri Lottery and the seventh-largest Powerball jackpot ever, said Susan Goedde, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Lottery. She said the prize was the 14th largest ever sold in the world.

Lottery officials urged anyone who purchased tickets at the store to check the numbers closely. The person holding the winning ticket should sign the back and keep it in a safe place until it can be taken to a Missouri Lottery office, spokesman Gary Gonder said.

AP

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Posted: January 26, 2007, 10:45 am - IP Logged

This is a good story. I hope the winner step forward and choose cash option.

 

                               

              

 

 

    angelm's avatar - anne
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    Posted: January 26, 2007, 11:31 am - IP Logged

    That's one lucky person$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: January 26, 2007, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

      Wow!  Congrats to the winners.  I hope whoever bought the ticket doesn't have a weak heart.  I just cannot imagine getting online and staring at the winning numbers.  I hope some day I get to find out! Did any other articles indicate whether or not this was a QP?  It usually is.  Also, I'm not so sure the cash option is the best way to go, Double Down, but that's been an old debate on this board for a looooong time.  I just don't like the graduated annuity because of my age. But just the first check would buy a gorgeous home, a luxury vehicle and I'd still have millions left over to invest and give as gifts. Then in 11 more months I'd be looking forward to the next gigantic check.

      By the way, what would be the first payment on $240M with the graduated plan?  However, I'd rather get $9.2M for 26 years (like MM) than get most of my money when I'm in my late 80s or dead, but I would never complain no matter how they give it to me! (as long as it's money) 

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        Posted: January 26, 2007, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

        Like I say ...

        Can't lose for winning Banana

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          Posted: January 26, 2007, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

          Wow!  Congrats to the winners.  I hope whoever bought the ticket doesn't have a weak heart.  I just cannot imagine getting online and staring at the winning numbers.  I hope some day I get to find out! Did any other articles indicate whether or not this was a QP?  It usually is.  Also, I'm not so sure the cash option is the best way to go, Double Down, but that's been an old debate on this board for a looooong time.  I just don't like the graduated annuity because of my age. But just the first check would buy a gorgeous home, a luxury vehicle and I'd still have millions left over to invest and give as gifts. Then in 11 more months I'd be looking forward to the next gigantic check.

          By the way, what would be the first payment on $240M with the graduated plan?  However, I'd rather get $9.2M for 26 years (like MM) than get most of my money when I'm in my late 80s or dead, but I would never complain no matter how they give it to me! (as long as it's money) 

          JXP, Hope you caught my little tongue in cheek comment.
          Others may not have, but I bet you did....Wink

          I think at our ages ( 45 to 55 ) we should choose cash.
          The annuity is nice, but we could play our investments right and have OUR OWN annuities for a lonnng time..

          I matched the first two numbers, so you can imagine that my heart rate went up a bit before reality set in..
          DAM !! only 4 numbers off   LOL !!

          DD

           

                                         

                        

           

           

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            Posted: January 26, 2007, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

            Wow!  Congrats to the winners.  I hope whoever bought the ticket doesn't have a weak heart.  I just cannot imagine getting online and staring at the winning numbers.  I hope some day I get to find out! Did any other articles indicate whether or not this was a QP?  It usually is.  Also, I'm not so sure the cash option is the best way to go, Double Down, but that's been an old debate on this board for a looooong time.  I just don't like the graduated annuity because of my age. But just the first check would buy a gorgeous home, a luxury vehicle and I'd still have millions left over to invest and give as gifts. Then in 11 more months I'd be looking forward to the next gigantic check.

            By the way, what would be the first payment on $240M with the graduated plan?  However, I'd rather get $9.2M for 26 years (like MM) than get most of my money when I'm in my late 80s or dead, but I would never complain no matter how they give it to me! (as long as it's money) 

            justxploring...the first annuity payment for the recent Powerball jackpot ($254 million)would be around $4.52 million before any taxes are taken out.

            DoubleDown...got your post and enjoyed it! 

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              Posted: January 26, 2007, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

              Wow!  Congrats to the winners.  I hope whoever bought the ticket doesn't have a weak heart.  I just cannot imagine getting online and staring at the winning numbers.  I hope some day I get to find out! Did any other articles indicate whether or not this was a QP?  It usually is.  Also, I'm not so sure the cash option is the best way to go, Double Down, but that's been an old debate on this board for a looooong time.  I just don't like the graduated annuity because of my age. But just the first check would buy a gorgeous home, a luxury vehicle and I'd still have millions left over to invest and give as gifts. Then in 11 more months I'd be looking forward to the next gigantic check.

              By the way, what would be the first payment on $240M with the graduated plan?  However, I'd rather get $9.2M for 26 years (like MM) than get most of my money when I'm in my late 80s or dead, but I would never complain no matter how they give it to me! (as long as it's money) 

              It would be appx $5,680,000 per year

              Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

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                KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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                Posted: January 26, 2007, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

                I'm happy for the winner(s) and hope I don't see another "Jack" or another disfunctional lottery pool story.

                I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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                  Posted: January 26, 2007, 3:24 pm - IP Logged

                  It would be appx $5,680,000 per year

                  SassyOhio...is this number before or after taxes? 

                  Also, I was wondering how you came up with this amount?  Did you take into account that Powerball is a 29 year (30 payment) graduated annuity? 

                    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                    Posted: January 26, 2007, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

                    DoubleDown, my vote is no.  I was hoping it would roll.  Congratulations to the winners anyway. I hope they don't have financial problems later.

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                      Posted: January 26, 2007, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

                      DoubleDown, my vote is no.  I was hoping it would roll.  Congratulations to the winners anyway. I hope they don't have financial problems later.

                      Green laugh

                      You killin me !!!

                      LMAOROFL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                       

                                                     

                                    

                       

                       

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                        Posted: January 26, 2007, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

                        I hope the winner puts most of the winning check into a network of nesteggs. If he/she can get 10% return every year, it would be like winning a lottery jackpot every year.

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                          Posted: January 27, 2007, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                          DoubleDown, my vote is no.  I was hoping it would roll.  Congratulations to the winners anyway. I hope they don't have financial problems later.

                          justxploring and Double Down, you must use my post to respond,,this is my Powerball  FYI.......

                          Thank you for that,  I had tears running down my eyes,,,,,,,Green laugh

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                            dumars798's avatar - batman17
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                            Posted: January 28, 2007, 11:59 pm - IP Logged

                            Wtg!

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