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Powerball Winner Seeks Indiana Anonymity After $435M Jackpot

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 05:40 AM

The Powerball Lottery winner who hit the $435.3 million jackpot in Indiana decided he wants to remain anonymous, but a few hints about his identity are already out there, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

The lucky guy had a public relations rep tell his story when Indiana's Hoosier Lottery announced that the winning ticket had been claimed.

"We can tell you that he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant," said Jennifer Dzwonar, who represented the winner. "This is a dream come true for the winner, and he wishes to thank the Hoosier Lottery and Powerball. He is also grateful to his wonderful family and the Greater Lafayette community."

"The winner is very family oriented and close to his siblings and parents. He plans to give some money to family to help family members pay for their education and maybe earn an advance degree himself. He anticipates making donations to charity, but he has made no decisions at this time."

Hoosier Lottery executive director Sarah Taylor said the man claimed the ticket under a limited liability company, which enabled him to remain anonymous. He decided to take his winnings in a lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million, making his final total $189.1 million after taxes.

"He's excited to travel to see family, and is thinking about buying a new car and a home," Dzwonar said. "For now, he plans to stay in Indiana."

CNN Money noted that five of the 10 largest Powerball jackpots have come since the start of last year because of a new formula in October 2015 that gives players have more numbers to choose from.

The increase in numbers made it harder to get winners and increasing the odds. The odds of winning Powerball are now one in 292 million, where it was one in 175 million before the switch.

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The Powerball Lottery winner who hit the $435.3 million jackpot in Indiana decided he wants to remain anonymous, but a few hints about his identity are already out there, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.
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