Ticket holder remains unknown

Published 10:52 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2007

By Staff
Who got it? Who has it? Those seem to be the burning questions right now as everyone wants to know who got the big Powerball jackpot.
While the guessing and impatient minds wait, one has to ask the question, Is it really any surprise that the $314.3 million Powerball winner is staying anonymous? Especially with there being only one ticket matching all six numbers sold.
This is one lucky person – and Indiana seems to be one lucky state.
The winning numbers were drawn Saturday night and the ticket was sold at a Speedway convenience store in Richmond, Ind. The state now leads the nation in Powerball jackpot winners with 34. The store will receive $100,000 just for selling the ticket.
This ticket marks the largest prize ever awarded in Indiana. The cash value is $145,985,099.64 before taxes. The prize can be claimed as a lump-sum payment or as an annuity paid out in 30 payments over 29 years.
Odds of winning a giant Powerball like this are almost one in a gazillion, it would seem, but people still take their chances, just hoping that one day it will be their turn.
It's obvious everyone is going to have to wait and see who the big winner is. They have 180 days to claim their prize, meaning six months of peace and quiet and time to let everyone settle down.