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PowerBall winner identified

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Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
Atlantic Mine, Michigan
United States
Member #416
June 23, 2002
1614 Posts
Posted: October 21, 2005, 12:33 pm - IP Logged

$340 Million Powerball Winner Steps Forward

Self-Employed Man and Relatives Plan to Buy Sports Car and Vacation, but invest Bulk of Winnings

ABC News

Oct. 21, 2005 — Steve West of Medford, Ore., is a wealthy, wealthy man.

West, a self-employed businessman, confirmed to ABC News that he and three other family members are the owners of the winning Powerball ticket worth $340 million.

"I still don't really believe that it's true," West told ABC News Radio. "It just really hasn't sunk in well. I'm told by everybody else that this is a life-changing situation, and I didn't plan on wanting to change that much. I mean, the money always sounded great, but I didn't want to change my lifestyle to go along with it."

West discovered he'd won when family members checked the numbers online.

"We didn't watch the Powerball drawing," he said. "We got a call … from the other family members saying, 'I can't believe it, some of these numbers are matching.' And then she (a relative) started saying, 'All these numbers are matching.' And we thought, 'Wow.'"

"She couldn't believe they were matching, and she could hardly talk," West said. "She was just so panicked. And my wife, Carolyn, was talking to her. And it was pandemonium — I guess was the way to say it."

First Time

The family had bought $40 worth of tickets, West said.

"We went over and looked at the ticket, verified that it's a correct ticket … and just haven't slept well the last two nights," he said.

Talk about luck: It was the first time West ever played Powerball. He said he won't do anything crazy with the money, though.

"Of course, everybody dreams of winning the lottery, but I've never really made plans of what I would buy, because it never went that in-depth," he said.

"We're talking to our financial planner Tuesday and we're probably going to invest all of it — or 99 percent of it," he added. "That'll still leave us a good small amount that we can take a vacation or buy some kind of a sports car."

For now, West will keep his day job, which he is refusing to disclose.

"I'm self-employed, and I still have been out to work yesterday," he said, "and I'm still going out today."


Congrats to the winner!


    Greenwich, CT
    United States
    Member #4793
    May 24, 2004
    1822 Posts
    Posted: October 21, 2005, 12:35 pm - IP Logged

    "It was the first time West ever played Powerball."

    Why does this always happen?!

      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

      United States
      Member #12618
      March 18, 2005
      2060 Posts
      Posted: October 21, 2005, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

      It does seem like many winners don't really play and then one day they just decide to give it a go and win. Lucky guy. =)

      Dance like no one is watching.

        new delhi
        Member #22145
        September 20, 2005
        174 Posts
        Posted: October 21, 2005, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

        good for him....

          United States
          Member #24018
          October 19, 2005
          17 Posts
          Posted: October 21, 2005, 2:39 pm - IP Logged



          Last name West, has a wife named Caroline


          Gotta get to work!!

            Greenwich, CT
            United States
            Member #4793
            May 24, 2004
            1822 Posts
            Posted: October 21, 2005, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

            What's your address?

            I think everyone here at LP should plan on sending you a letter asking for any funds you may receive from the Oregon winner, you won't need all that money!

              Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
              Chief Bottle Washer
              New Jersey
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              May 31, 2000
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              Posted: October 21, 2005, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

              Already posted here:



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