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Louisiana man collects $97 million Powerball lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Louisiana man collects $97 million Powerball lottery jackpot

Patiently finishes four-month workload before redeeming the winning ticket

After nearly four months of keeping a secret, 73-year-old Carl Hunter of Metairie claimed the $97 million Powerball jackpot from the Jan. 16 drawing at Louisiana Lottery headquarters this morning.

His prize was the largest single amount won in the Louisiana Lottery's history.

The owner of a construction company, Hunter wanted to make sure his outstanding jobs were complete before "closing up shop" to redeem his winning ticket. He said he plans to use his winnings to retire, travel and rebuild a camp he lost during Hurricane Katrina.

Hunter was picking up a gallon of milk for his wife when he decided to also purchase one Powerball "quick pick" at West Metairie Shell on West Metairie Avenue in Metairie.

"There was a person in line in front of me and behind me also purchasing tickets for the drawing. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," described Hunter, surprised and humble.

The store received a one-time bonus of $25,000 for selling Hunter his winning ticket.

The Powerball jackpot is advertised as a 30-installment annuity, but winners can opt to receive the cash value instead. Hunter chose the one-time cash payment option, which was $48,478,863 or $33,935,204 after federal and state withholdings.

The winning numbers for the Jan. 16 drawing were 9-18-19-38-47 and the Powerball was 11.

This latest winning ticket brings the total number of Powerball jackpot winning tickets sold in Louisiana to 12 since the lottery joined the multi-state game in 1995.

Prior to this win, the largest Powerball jackpot won in Louisiana was a $48.1 million prize claimed by Jerry Berggren and Cathy DeMuynck of Kenner in March of 2002. The Powerball jackpot was last won in Louisiana eight months ago on Sept. 29, 2007, by William Heid Jr. of Chauvin, who claimed $15 million.

More information about Powerball, including past news and winning numbers, can be found on the USA multi-state lottery information Web site, http://www.usamega.com/.

Carl Hunter of Metairie smiles today after claiming the $97 million Powerball jackpot from the Jan. 16 drawing. With him are his wife, Dianne (left), and Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson.Carl Hunter of Metairie smiles today after claiming the $97 million Powerball jackpot from the Jan. 16 drawing. With him are his wife, Dianne (left), and Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson.

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: May 9, 2008, 11:44 am - IP Logged

Another jackpot winner that bought a single QP, my system playing is wasting my money and my time.  Congratulations to the lucky winner.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: May 9, 2008, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

    When I think about all the qpicks I buy, I really just wanna go to another planet!

    Good luck to them!

      JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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      Posted: May 9, 2008, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

      Wow! Just $1 quick pick!

      Wish it was that easy! oh hum.

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: May 9, 2008, 2:37 pm - IP Logged

        Another jackpot winner that bought a single QP, my system playing is wasting my money and my time.  Congratulations to the lucky winner.

        I'm beginning to think that also! LOL

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

          DC81's avatar - batman39
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          Posted: May 9, 2008, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

          Maybe it would be a good idea to buy each pick seperately? Thumbs Up

          You can't predict random.

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            Posted: May 9, 2008, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

            Just another qp huh!!! I am sticking to my guns and My number will show sooner or later

            Party Like a RockStar

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              Posted: May 9, 2008, 6:26 pm - IP Logged

              Wonder if the people in front of him and behind him were heard to be talking about their systems, number results analysis methods, and predictions!!!!

              Maybe those things just aggravate the Lottery Fairy!

              Meanwhile this lucky guy and his $1 QP made a $97,000,000 score.

              Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

              Lep

              There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                Posted: May 9, 2008, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

                Another jackpot winner that bought a single QP, my system playing is wasting my money and my time.  Congratulations to the lucky winner.

                My sentiments exactly.  Just buy 1 QP.  Apparently that is the only way to win these huge jackpots.  Doubly frustrating is that he probably plays once a year.

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                  Posted: May 10, 2008, 12:31 am - IP Logged

                  Congrats to the lucky winner!

                  I play both MM and PB... only $1 each draw and a quikpik... maybe my day will come too :-).

                    Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
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                    Posted: May 10, 2008, 7:09 am - IP Logged

                    That was good of him to finish whatever projects he was building.  I bet he also spent that time getting legal and financial advice, too.

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                    singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

                      JAP69's avatar - alas
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                      Posted: May 10, 2008, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

                       73-year-old Carl Hunter of Metairie claimed the $97 million

                       

                      Another older than dirt lottery player wins.

                      WHATT

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                        Posted: May 10, 2008, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

                        That was good of him to finish whatever projects he was building.  I bet he also spent that time getting legal and financial advice, too.

                        I Agree!I Agree!I Agree!

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                          Posted: May 10, 2008, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

                          When I think about all the qpicks I buy, I really just wanna go to another planet!

                          Good luck to them!

                          "ME TOO".........BUTT^^

                          The people in the GREAT state of LA >>>>>> RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

                          The BEST PEOPLE in the WORLD & the UNIVERSE>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                          T@@K a PSYKOMO a whole week to get-UP the  "COURAGE" to >>>

                          "CRAY FISH" thank's BATON ROUGE

                          LOL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>   (EAT DATTT JACKPOT>>>>>>>UP)

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                            Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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                            Posted: May 10, 2008, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                            That was good of him to finish whatever projects he was building.  I bet he also spent that time getting legal and financial advice, too.

                            As an owner of a construction company, I would imagine he already had financial advisors.

                            Gonna win.Big Smile