Powerball Jackpot Winner of $400M Could Remain Anonymous

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Friday, 20 Sep 2013 10:23 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The $400M Powerball winner may remain anonymous in South Carolina following Wednesday night's drawing, due to the state not requiring the extremely lucky individual to identify themself.

The winner of Powerball's fourth-biggest jackpot ever has yet to step forward to claim his prize, USA Today reported.

The winning $399.4 million quick-pick ticket was sold at a Murphy Express gas station in Lexington, S.C., within hours of the drawing Wednesday night.

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Though the convenient store's video camera can likely identify who bought the ticket, store manager Keith Wedmore told USA Today that he won't review tapes to reveal the winner's identity.

"We're curious, but to me, they have a right to remain private," Wedmore said. "We just want to be decent about it."

Wedmore says he was woken up by lottery officials early Thursday morning at approximately 1:15 a.m. with the news, prompting him to run back to work and post a sign urging ticket holders to check their tickets for the winning numbers, which were 7-10-22-32-35 with a Powerball number of 19.

"I hope it's someone local and a regular, but we have a lot of people who come in passing through on Interstate 20," Wedmore added.

Whoever the winning party is, the person or persons will be taking home a payout of $223.3 million if they choose the lump sum option; or $13 million annual payouts over the next 29 years before taxes.

For having sold the winning ticket, the Murphy Express gas station will receive $50,000 from the lottery, while the state of South Carolina will receive approximately $15 million in taxes, USA Today noted.

Odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 175.2 million, according to its website.

Whereas the majority of states require lotteries to release the identity of the winner and the city in which they reside, South Carolina is one of just six states that do not. The others states which allow for an anonymous jackpot winner are Kansas, Delaware, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio, according to Powerball's website.

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The last large-scale, single Powerball winner was an 84-year-old mother of four, Gloria Mackenzie, of Florida who won $600 million in March, becoming the largest single Powerball jackpot in U.S. history.

Mackenzie had reportedly cut in front of a 34-year-old woman who at the time was tending to her daughters before she purchased the winning lotto ticket.

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