Sec­ond Power­ball jack­pot win­ner’s name re­leased

The 37-year-old Ari­zona man took a $192 mil­lion pay­out.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By mark scolforo and Paul Daven­port

PHOENIX — The sec­ond win­ner of the $587.5 mil­lion Power­ball jack­pot is a 37-year-old elec­tron­ics in­dus­try pro­fes­sional who grew up in a mod­est home in Penn­syl­va­nia and moved to an af­flu­ent Phoenix sub­urb last year be­fore strik­ing it rich in the lotto.

The win­ner is Matthew Good of Foun­tain Hills, who chose to re­main anony­mous af­ter claim­ing the prize last week. Lot­tery win­ners in Ari­zona are a mat­ter of pub­lic record, how­ever.

Good took the one-time pay­out of $192 mil­lion from the Nov. 28 draw­ing, telling lot­tery of­fi­cials the loom­ing fis­cal cliff was the rea­son he claimed the win­nings now and not in the next cal­en­dar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jack­pot.

Good grew up on a work­ing class block in Worm­leys­burg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His step- mother, Char­lotte Good, said Good was “a typ­i­cal kid” who has al­ways worked hard. She said he waited un­til Satur­day to phone his fa­ther, Ray, with the news.

“My hus­band, he just can’t get over it,” said Char­lotte Good, 63, a re­tired state Rev­enue De­part­ment em­ployee. “It’s his son.”

Good told his fa­ther “they’re out of sight and they would con­tact him,” she said.

No one an­swered the door Mon­day at Good’s home. Prop­erty records showed Good paid $289,900 for the 2,500square-foot home in Septem­ber 2011. The real es­tate list­ing de­scribes the house as hav­ing gor­geous moun­tain views, vaulted ceil­ings, a back­yard with an out­door kitchen and a three-car garage.

Good pre­vi­ously is­sued a state­ment that said: “It is dif­fi­cult to ex­press just how thank­ful we are for this won­der­ful gift. We are ex­tremely grate­ful and feel for­tu­nate to now have an in­creased abil­ity to sup­port our char­i­ties and causes. Ob­vi­ously, this has been in­cred­i­bly over­whelm­ing and we have al­ways cher­ished our pri­vacy.”

Char­lotte Good said she helped raise Matt from the age of 5 — af­ter his bi­o­log­i­cal mother had died of can­cer — and un­til his late teens, when he moved in to the house next door to live with his ail­ing grand­fa­ther.

Af­ter Good and his wife learned of their good for­tune, he pulled to­gether a team of fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers and de­cided to take his share this month to avoid po­ten­tially higher taxes.

Lot­tery of­fi­cials said Good’s wife owns half the prize be­cause Ari­zona is a com­mu­nity prop­erty state.

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