Second winning ticket for $587.5 million Powerball jackpot claimed in Arizona
Arizona Lottery officials announce a winning Powerball ticket has been claimed for the record-breaking $587.5 million jackpot. The jackpot is being split with previously announced winners in Missouri.
Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET: The other winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has come forward with the winning ticket, The Arizona Lottery announced Friday.
At a press conference, the lottery said the winner was a male in his 30s who lives in Fountain Hills, Ariz., with his wife. The couple have lived there for about a year, having moved from Pennsylvania, the lottery said.
The lottery did not disclose the winner's name because he requested anonymity, but under the lottery rules in Arizona his name will eventually become public.
The jackpot was the largest in Powerball history, with a cash option of $384.7 million before taxes.
It is being shared with Mark and Cindy Hill, who claimed their prize on Nov. 30. The Missouri couple took the lump sum payment of $136.5 million after taxes.The Arizona winner also elected to take the cash option, the lottery stated. It did not have specifics on how the winner planned to invest or spend the money.
The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history and set off a nationwide buying frenzy. At one point, tickets were selling at nearly 130,000 a minute.
Before the Nov. 28 drawing, the jackpot had rolled over 16 consecutive times without anyone hitting the jackpot. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.
The Arizona Lottery held a press conference Friday in Phoenix to announce that an Arizonan had won half of the Powerball jackpot.
Earlier, some media speculated that a man in Maryland might have won the other half of the Powerball jackpot.
That's because a Virginia Department of Transportation worker told clerks at an Exxon station in Upper Marlboro, Md. that he'd bought the winning ticket on a trip to Arizona, NBCWashington.com reported. He was pictured in surveillance video excitedly showing something to people in the station, and store clerks claimed they saw what looked like a winning ticket, according to NBCWashington.com. However, the man reportedly continued to show up at work and avoided news cameras.