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'Infrequent buyer' claims $34M Powerball lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: 'Infrequent buyer' claims $34M Powerball lottery jackpot

Winner described as 'down-to-earth' 

The winner of Wednesday's $33.6 million Powerball jackpot was Linville Lee Huff of Bullitt County.

The Kentucky Lottery Corp. released the winner's name, but nothing else, yesterday in response to an open-records request filed by The Courier-Journal.

Efforts to reach Huff were not successful.

Reached by phone yesterday at his home in Louisville, Linville Lee Huff Jr. confirmed that his father had the winning ticket.

He said his father, who is in his early 60s, and mother, Shirley Huff, plan to take a vacation but have not yet made other plans for the money.

"He was nervous, excited and couldn't believe he'd won," Huff Jr. said. "He finally believed it when we went down to the Powerball office. I went with him and drove. He was too nervous to drive."

The winning ticket was purchased on Wednesday afternoon at the 44 Quick Stop market at Pitts Point Road and Ky. 44 West, near Shepherdsville.

Debbie White, one of the store's owners, said Huff lives nearby and is a regular customer.

"He came in this morning" and told her he had won, White said yesterday. "He said they plan to leave town for a little while until things calm down."

White described Huff as "down-to-earth and very kind and the type of man who would help anybody he could."

White and others at the store had expected the winner to be a nearby resident, they said, because the store gets relatively few customers from elsewhere.

Lottery spokesman Chip Polston also described Huff as down-to-earth but said little else about him personally.

Huff claimed the cash option of $16.4 million — $11.3 million after taxes — and was an infrequent lottery player, Polston said.

The Courier-Journal

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spy153's avatar - maren

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Posted: December 16, 2007, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

Hope he enjoys it.  Just a little further east, next time, will ya?

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    Posted: December 16, 2007, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

    wow.....congrats to him.....he shoooo didn't waist no tiiiiime goin down yonder to git that moneyRazz

    Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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      Posted: December 16, 2007, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

      congratulations to the winner but the dad claimed it anonymously so when the newspaper asked the lottery for his name and hometown and  the son answered the phone he should have declined to comment and respect his dads privacy.

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        Posted: December 16, 2007, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

        It's no fun if you don't get to know who won. Maybe they could make the store anonymous also, I mean are they sure they want hordes of people beating the doors down to buy tickets at the new "lucky location" and maybe buying out all the milk, etc.? It should go with the territory, you want to play, you want to win, you don't get to keep it secret.. what if someone wins and they owe money or child support? What if it's someone I know? Someone being stingy with me maybe they won and aren't telling me? Or how about, since players want to be anonymous, maybe the drawings can be anonymous too, computerized and done behind-the-scenes and all you see is what #'s came out?

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          Posted: December 16, 2007, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

          What if it's someone I know? Someone being stingy with me maybe they won and aren't telling me?

          And they have to tell you why? Judging from that comment, it's no wonder people want to remain anonymous. If I had the choice I would remain anonymous also. So what? I wouldn't owe you or anyone else anything, but the point is moot for me because the state I am in doesn't allow it. I do plan on being vague and boring if I do win. I have no desire for old "friends" and "family members" thinking they deserve something, because they know me. You sound pissed because some people value their privacy. Why does it bother you so much? 

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            Posted: December 16, 2007, 4:27 pm - IP Logged

            It must feel good waking up each morning with 34 million in your bank account.   With 5% interest that is $1.7 million, he can live off the interest alone. No more money worries.

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              Posted: December 16, 2007, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

              What if it's someone I know? Someone being stingy with me maybe they won and aren't telling me?

              And they have to tell you why? Judging from that comment, it's no wonder people want to remain anonymous. If I had the choice I would remain anonymous also. So what? I wouldn't owe you or anyone else anything, but the point is moot for me because the state I am in doesn't allow it. I do plan on being vague and boring if I do win. I have no desire for old "friends" and "family members" thinking they deserve something, because they know me. You sound pissed because some people value their privacy. Why does it bother you so much? 

              I Agree!

              In fact, not only do I agree with you, but LuckyLry proves that we all have a right to remain anonymous.  As far as owing money or child support, the state always runs a person's social security number before giving him/her a penny.  You don't get the money the day you walk into the lottery office.  A criminal and credit background is done.  If you owe child support you are in violation of the law.  If you have unpaid traffic tickets, or haven't paid a judgment, that money will be paid to your creditors. 

              The only reason I like hearing that Mr. Jones of Smallville won is it's nice to know that the lottery is "real" and that "real" people are winning.  I enjoy hearing about nice people who have good luck like this winner.  Congrats to him!

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                Posted: December 16, 2007, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

                It must feel good waking up each morning with 34 million in your bank account.   With 5% interest that is $1.7 million, he can live off the interest alone. No more money worries.

                was just over 11 million after taxes...cash option.....but still a nice chunk of change...lol

                VAL

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                  Posted: December 16, 2007, 5:48 pm - IP Logged

                  was just over 11 million after taxes...cash option.....but still a nice chunk of change...lol

                  Huff claimed the cash option of $16.4 million — $11.3 million after taxes — and was an infrequent lottery player, Polston said.

                   

                  Oops. My mistake.

                  So interest comes to $550,000 a year.  I can live with that.

                    go4it-andwin's avatar - drevil
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                    Posted: December 16, 2007, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

                    And another player claims the big prize, congratulations to him.. I hope the Gold diggers dont bother him too much...He has the right idea....Go away till things calm down some...ENJOY your money and have a great life Mr HuffSmiley Santa

                    with a prayer and 6 lucky numbers...im beach bound!

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                      Posted: December 17, 2007, 10:47 am - IP Logged

                      It must feel good waking up each morning with 34 million in your bank account.   With 5% interest that is $1.7 million, he can live off the interest alone. No more money worries.

                      Actually, 34 mil is just the pot prize. It even said the lump sum was worth 16 mil, and after taxes he only gets 11 million, which is nothing to laugh at in general, but having 11 million in the bank is very different from having 34 mil.

                      "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

                      Bed

                       

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                        Posted: December 17, 2007, 11:02 am - IP Logged

                        It's no fun if you don't get to know who won. Maybe they could make the store anonymous also, I mean are they sure they want hordes of people beating the doors down to buy tickets at the new "lucky location" and maybe buying out all the milk, etc.? It should go with the territory, you want to play, you want to win, you don't get to keep it secret.. what if someone wins and they owe money or child support? What if it's someone I know? Someone being stingy with me maybe they won and aren't telling me? Or how about, since players want to be anonymous, maybe the drawings can be anonymous too, computerized and done behind-the-scenes and all you see is what #'s came out?

                        WOW!!! I am speechless. This is the most Crazy post I ever read on LP. I hope you are joking, LckyLary.

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                          Posted: December 17, 2007, 11:08 am - IP Logged

                          congratulations to the winner but the dad claimed it anonymously so when the newspaper asked the lottery for his name and hometown and  the son answered the phone he should have declined to comment and respect his dads privacy.

                          I Agree!. But the son is so happy- he just cannot keep his mouth shut and pretend it was nothing. I think that's the hardest part about winning the jackpot, your brain says it is for your best interest to remain anonymous, but the heart is jumping up and down and wants to shout the news to the whole world.

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                            I Agree!. But the son is so happy- he just cannot keep his mouth shut and pretend it was nothing. I think that's the hardest part about winning the jackpot, your brain says it is for your best interest to remain anonymous, but the heart is jumping up and down and wants to shout the news to the whole world.

                            It's human nature to want to tell someone you won, but NOT human nature to want to share it. I'd do what Mr. Huff did and go away for a bit and relax and plan out the rest of your life and live a modest down-to-earth life.

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