Phoenix man in 30s claims $192 mil­lion Power­ball haul

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Paul Daven­port

PHOENIX — The sec­ond win­ner in last week’s $587.5 mil­lion Power­ball draw­ing is a mar­ried man in his 30s from the wealthy Phoenix sub­urb of Foun­tain Hills, lot­tery of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The man re­mained anony­mous, and his prize was an­nounced by of­fi­cials who said he bought $10 worth of tick­ets and kept the win­ning slip in the vi­sor of his car be­fore coming for­ward.

The man opted to take the pre­tax cash op­tion of $192 mil­lion. Lot­tery of­fi­cials said his wife owns half the prize be­cause Ari­zona is a com­mu­nity prop­erty state.

“He and his wife couldn’t be­lieve it,” lot­tery of­fi­cial Karen Bach said. “They checked the num­bers over and over again — ab­so­lutely shocked.”

Bach said the man is fi­nan­cially savvy and wants to take time to make a solid fi­nan­cial plan and set up a char­i­ta­ble en­tity to aid causes he and his wife sup­port.

They told lot­tery of­fi­cials they likely would keep work­ing.

The ticket was sold at a con­ve­nience store in Foun­tain Hills, north­east of Phoenix.

A me­chanic and his wife, Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., claimed their half of the mul­ti­state Power­ball prize.

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 any win­ners.

Lot­tery of­fi­cials said Fri­day the sec­ond win­ner has a job as a pro­fes­sional, lived in Penn­syl­va­nia un­til about a year ago, and played the lotto only twice since mov­ing to Ari­zona.

He quickly de­cided to claim the money this year — as op­posed to wait­ing un­til 2013 for tax rea­sons — be­cause “he did have con­cern with the un­cer­tainty with the fis­cal cliff in 2013,” Bach said.

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