Lucky New Jersey punter gets $429m windfall

2016-05-08 19:18
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Trenton - Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6m, lottery officials said on Sunday.

Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing, said Powerball spokesperson Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9.

Lottery officials in New Jersey said early on Sunday that the winning ticket was sold in Mercer County. The location will not be disclosed until certain security procedures are completed, officials said, and it's anticipated that the location will be revealed by Monday.

"Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event. Congratulations to the ticketholder(s) and to the retailer who sold it," New Jersey Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger said in a statement.

"We expect that the winner or winners will take their time before claiming the prize and consult with the appropriate professionals that can assist them in navigating these unchartered waters. Certainly though, we will be anxiously awaiting the phone call."

Hedinger said the jackpot is the seventh-largest in Powerball jackpot history.

The jackpot on Saturday had climbed to nearly $430m,  making the prize the largest since a record $1.6bn payout in January that prompted some to wait in hours-long lines outside lottery retailers. But unlike Saturday night's drawing, that jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.

Only one winning ticket will claim Saturday night's prize, though it was not immediately known if that ticket was held by one or more people. Kripe said a winner, or co-winners, electing a one-time cash payout will receive $284.1m.

This isn't the first time Powerball luck has struck in New Jersey. In 2013, a sole ticket claimed a $383m Powerball jackpot.


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