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Arizona’s Powerball millionaire a mystery

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With a television camera rolling Thursday, store manager Bob Chebat, middle, hands over Wes Prinzen’s modest $4 winnings at a 4 Sons Food Store in in Fountain Hills, Ariz., where one of the winning tickets in the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot was purchased.

By MARIA SUDEKUM and BRIAN SKOLOFF
Associated Press

PHOENIX – Arizona Lottery officials say one of the two winning Powerball tickets was sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix.

The Arizona ticket was sold at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Also Thursday, Missouri Lottery officials verified that state’s winning ticket that matched all six numbers, but both the Missouri ticket holder – and the other in Arizona – remained a mystery, .

The Missouri ticket was sold at a gas station in Dearborn, just off Interstate 29, the highway linking Kansas City to the Canadian border.

The two winners will split the record Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million. That’s about $294 million per ticket.

Arizona Lottery officials say no one has come forward to claim the prize, and it wasn’t clear Thursday whether the winning tickets were purchased by individuals or groups.

The winners could split a cash payout of $384.7 million before taxes, or about $192 million per ticket.

They have six months to claim their prize money.

Missouri lottery officials said they verified a ticket that was presented to them Thursday and set a news conference for 10 a.m. MST today at North Platte High School, near where the ticket was bought.

Lottery Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder couldn’t provide any details, including whether the ticket was bought by someone from Missouri.

Speculation had many of Dearborn’s 500 residents buzzing about who had won.

Cashiers Kristi Williams and Kelly Blount greeted customers with big smiles and questions about whether they had bought the winning ticket. No one had come forward to claim the prize by late Thursday morning, Missouri Lottery officials said.

“It’s just awesome,” Williams said. “It’s so exciting. We can’t even work.”

Karen Meyers, a server at the Cook’s Corner Cafe, said she didn’t believe it at first when she heard the winning ticket had been sold nearby.

“I think it’s wonderful! I hope someone local won it, not someone just passing through,” she said. “It’s a small town where everyone is really nice.”

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