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Winning lottery ticket sold in Winner

Associated Press / May 29, 2009
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WINNER, S.D. - The town of Winner has produced a winner - and a $232 million one at that.

The winning ticket for Wednesday night's $232 million Powerball jackpot was sold in this ranching and farming town of 2,800 people in the south-central part of the state.

"How often does something like this happen - a winner in Winner, S.D.?" Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, said.

It's the ninth-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the biggest ever paid out in South Dakota, he said. The ticket-holder has 180 days to claim the prize.

"There's certainly no hurry to come in and claim the prize. This is certainly a life-changing, life-altering experience and they need to seek professional advice," Lingle said.

Only two retailers sell Powerball tickets in town: the Ampride and Lil' Feller convenience stores, said Mike Mueller, South Dakota Lottery spokesman. The seller of the jackpot ticket won't be announced until the winner comes forward. The business that sold the ticket gets $50,000.

Lil' Feller Convenience Store owner Brian Schaeffer and Ampride manager Shawn Ulmer said the winner had not contacted them.

As for the possibility of getting a cut, Schaeffer said: "We don't know that it's us. It could be the guys down the street. It's just nice that it was sold here in town."

Out of the millions of tickets sold for Wednesday night's drawing, only one matched all six winning numbers: 5, 6, 12, 16 and 21. The Powerball was 7. Powerball is played in 30 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.