2006-04-13 09:20:18.37

Missouri Powerball Player Wins $224.2 Million; Largest Jackpot in Missouri

Story Photo A Missouri Powerball player in St. Louis has won the April 12 Powerball jackpot worth $224.2 million, the largest prize ever won in the Missouri Lottery’s 20-year history and the seventh largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded. The winning ticket was sold at QuikTrip, 2791 Dunn Road in St. Louis. The six winning numbers are: 16, 26, 34, 35, 41 and the Powerball number was 24. "If you buy Powerball tickets at this location, please check your tickets carefully," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery. "If you find you have the winning ticket, sign the back of it and take it to a Missouri Lottery office." The nearest office to the selling location is the St. Louis office, located at 1831 Craig Park Court in Westport. Offices are also located in Jefferson City, Springfield and Kansas City. Maps to each office can be found at www.molottery.com. "Of the 30 Powerball members, Missouri still ranks second in terms of the number of jackpot winners with 24," Gonder said. "Since the Powerball game began in 1992, we’ve awarded nearly $1 billion in Powerball jackpot prizes in Missouri alone." The Missouri winner has the option to receive approximately $224.2 million in 30 payments over 29 years (annuity) before taxes, or he or she could select the cash option, which would be a lump-sum payment worth $102.8 million before taxes. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid out in 30 payments. Powerball winners in Missouri have exactly 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize. In this case, the winner has until Oct. 9, 2006. In addition to the jackpot prize, QuikTrip will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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