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Powerball Winner Comes Forward

David Edwards, a recently laid-off fiber-optics technician in Kentucky said yesterday he was one of four winners of a $295 million Powerball jackpot, the second-richest in the game's nine-year history.

The holders of winning tickets sold in Delaware, Minnesota and New Hampshire did not immediately come forward, said officials at the Multi-State Lottery Association in Des Moines, Iowa. They identified those three states and Kentucky as the winning-ticket locations, according to Reuters.

Edwards bought his lucky ticket at a Clark's Pump-n' Shop store in Ashland, Ky., a town of 24,000 near the state's borders with Ohio and West Virginia. Kentucky Lottery officials did not reveal the identity of their state's apparent winner, but confirmed the lucky ticket was bought at the Ashland convenience store.

A second winning ticket was reportedly sold at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in New Hampshire.

The holder of each winning ticket may choose between a cash payout of $41.4 million, worth about $27 million after taxes, or a $73.7 million annuity that would pay out $2.9 million each year for 25 years. That averages about $1.9 million a year after taxes, said Debbie Hoffmann, spokeswoman for the Minnesota State Lottery.

The six numbers drawn were 8, 17, 22, 42, 47 and the Powerball of 21. The odds of a single winner were 80 million-to-1.

Powerball is conducted in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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