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November 29, 2012

Missouri Powerball Player Wins Half of Jackpot; Becomes State's Largest Winner

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A Powerball ticket sold in Dearborn matched all six Powerball numbers drawn last night to win half of the $587.5 million jackpot. At $293.7 million, this is the largest jackpot prize ever won in Missouri and the second-largest Powerball jackpot awarded nationwide.  The ticket was sold at Trex Mart, 17605 Highway Z, in Dearborn.  The winning numbers were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the Powerball number was 6.

“If you buy Powerball tickets at this location, please find them and check them closely,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “If you find you’re holding the winning ticket, be sure you sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to a Missouri Lottery office.  You will also want to get some legal and financial advice before you claim.”

Missouri Lottery offices are located in Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Springfield.  Maps to each office can be found on the “Contact Us” page of the Lottery’s website at MOLottery.com.

The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which in this case is May 27, 2013.  The winner can select to get the jackpot prize in 30 payments over 29 years (annuity) or in one lump-sum payment worth approximately $192.3 million before taxes.  If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.

Trex Mart will also receive a bonus check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

“The retailer and winner are not the only ones to benefit from this record jackpot,” said Reardon.  “Public education benefits greatly.  Missouri Powerball sales for this jackpot run, which started Oct. 3, were more than $28.8 million, which means more than $10.7 million of those sales will benefit public education.”

In addition to the jackpot winner from last night’s drawing, Missouri players won more than $3 million in other prizes, including two tickets that were worth $1 million each and eight tickets worth $10,000.

Editors’ note:  Missouri Lottery personnel will be at Trex Mart to provide information and media interviews.

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