$338 Million Powerball Winner Has Not Claimed Prize


Lottery officials recently revealed that the winning Powerball jackpot ticket worth $338 million was bought from Eagle Liquors (pictured) in Passaic, New Jersey, but the winner (or winners) has yet to come forward, reports LansingStateJournal.com.

According to the Daily Mail, the $338.3 million prize is the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. Officials do not know whether the ticket was bought by an individual or a group.

"Most people take their time, seek professional advice, and wait to know exactly what they're doing before they come in," said Carol Hedinger, the executive director at the New Jersey Lottery.

The New Jersey Lottery does not provide total anonymity to winners, although they only reveal the winner's name and hometown.

The winning numbers were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump-sum payout would be $221 million, which is actually $151.9 million after federal and state taxes.

Lottery officials said 13 tickets worth $1 million apiece,  matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball, were sold in Arizona, Florida (2), Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina and Virginia.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $587.5 million in November of 2012. The winning numbers were picked on two different tickets, and the jackpot was split.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about one in 175 million.

Sources: LansingStateJournal.com and Daily Mail


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