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UPDATE: West Allis Couple Claims Powerball Prize

UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 -- 12:50 p.m.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- A big Powerball prize is claimed by a suburban Milwaukee couple who say they rarely play the lottery.

Mary and Dennis Retterath, of West Allis, talked about their good fortune at a news conference Monday. The couple won $1 million in last Wednesday's Powerball drawing. It's not the top prize, but the Retteraths say it's enough for them -- they can now live debt free.

After taxes, the Retteraths will receive $672,500. Mary Retterath says she's still in shock that she bought the million dollar winner. The quick pick ticket was purchased at Speedway in West Allis.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 --- 5:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It wasn't the big winner, but a West Allis woman and her husband have claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from Wednesday's record $588 million drawing.

Mary Retterath and her husband, Dennis, brought their ticket to the Wisconsin Lottery's Madison headquarters Friday. The ticket was validated as the million-dollar winner.

After taxes, Retterath received $672,500.

Retterath bought the Quick Pick ticket at a Speedway in West Allis. The ticket matched all five regular winning numbers, but not the Powerball, in Wednesday's record drawing.

A Missouri couple has claimed half of the big prize. The other winning ticket was sold in Fountain Hills, Ariz., near Phoenix. No one has stepped forward with it yet.

Retterath and her husband will hold a news conference Monday at West Allis City Hall.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 1:29 p.m.

Press Release from the Wisconsin Lottery:

(Madison) —It could be as long as six months before its known who holds a $1 million winning Powerball ticket from last night's record $587.5 million Powerball drawing.

Speedway at 9130 W. Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis sold the ticket. The winner has 180 days to present it for payment. The $1 million ticket must be brought to the Lottery's headquarters in Madison.
Any prize that is unclaimed is added to the funds the Lottery returns to the state to help offset property taxes.

In addition to the $1 million prize, Wisconsin players won 10 other major prizes in Wednesday night's drawing. A $40,000 Power Play ticket was sold in Montello, while $10,000 winning tickets were sold in Appleton, Cross Plains, Fond du Lac, Grand Marsh, Kenosha, Janesville, Marinette, Milwaukee and Superior.

The Powerball jackpot returns to $40 million ($26.2 million cash) for the Saturday, December 1 drawing.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 12:20 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) -- 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.

That ticket and another sold in Missouri will split the record Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million. That's about $294 million per ticket.

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

The jackpot is the largest in Powerball history.

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.

The Missouri ticket was sold at convenience store about 35 miles north of Kansas City.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 11:12 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Lottery officials say one of the nation's two Powerball jackpot winning tickets was sold at a convenience store near Kansas City.

A Missouri Lottery news release Thursday said it was sold at a Trex Mart in Dearborn, about 35 miles north of Kansas City.

The other winning ticket was sold in Arizona. The ticket holders will split a Powerball record $587.5 million jackpot. It wasn't clear whether the winning tickets were bought by individuals or groups.

Shops that sell the winning Powerball ticket receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Two other Missouri stores sold $1 million winning lottery tickets Wednesday -- one in Kansas City and one in Joplin.

Wednesday's winning ticket comes after a Marshall, Mo., man claimed the $258 million Powerball jackpot in 2010.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 -- 7:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- If you're a Wisconsin Powerball player who was ready to quit your job if you won the $587.5 million jackpot, you might want to tear up that resignation letter.

The two winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri, although Wisconsin did have some smaller winners of its own.

State lottery officials say a $1 million ticket was sold in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. Ten other tickets won $10,000, including one that was quadrupled because the player bought the Power Play multiplier feature.

Winners have six months to claim their prizes.

The numbers that Powerball players should have played for Wednesday's drawing were 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29, and a Powerball of 6.

The next Powerball jackpot is worth $40 million.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 10:00 p.m.

HERE ARE TONIGHT'S WINNING POWERBALL NUMBERS:

5-16-22-23-29, Powerball: 6

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 11:26 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The record Powerball jackpot just keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount.

The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million.

A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.

The numbers are an estimate and could be increased again as the drawing nears.

Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance that the winning combination of numbers will be drawn Wednesday night.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 10:44 a.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Visions of lifelong riches are surely dancing in the heads of those rushing to buy lottery tickets for Wednesday night's $500 million Powerball jackpot.

Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster.

Tales of big lottery winners who wind up in financial ruin or other desperate straits are increasingly common.

A two-time New Jersey lottery winner squandered her $5.4 million fortune. And a West Virginia man who won $315 million a decade ago on Christmas later said the windfall was to blame for his granddaughter's fatal drug overdose and his divorce.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 11:50 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The record Powerball jackpot is now even bigger.

Powerball officials say they've boosted the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to $500 million from the previously posted $425 million. Huge ticket sales nationally are pushing the payout higher.

A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home $327 million before taxes.

Record jackpots encourage players who usually sit on the sidelines to play and group purchases from work pools increase.

The jackpot is the largest ever for the Powerball game and the second largest lottery jackpot of all time, eclipsed only by the $656 million Mega Millions record set in March.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 11:08 a.m.

DARIEN, Wis. (AP) -- Just in time for the holidays, a Walworth County man has hit a million-dollar Powerball jackpot.

Roger Cobb of Darien was one number away from winning the top prize in Saturday's drawing. He matched all five regular winning numbers in the drawing but missed the Powerball.

That was still good enough to win $1 million. Cobb is taking the money as a lump sum, which works out to $672,500 after taxes.

Lottery officials say Cobb has declined to take part in a news conference, as some winners do.

No one won Saturday's grand prize, which now rolls over to Wednesday's drawing. The jackpot now stands at $425 million, or a cash value of $278.3 million.

Wisconsin's last big Powerball jackpot came last month when a Milwaukee woman won $1 million.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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Posted Sunday, November 25, 2012 --- 1:40 p.m.

Press Release from the Wisconsin Lottery:

(Madison) —Wisconsin had a $1 million Powerball winner Saturday and a $10,000 winner, while the jackpot climbed to an estimated $425 million ($278.3 million cash) for the Wednesday, November 28 drawing.

$425 million is a new Powerball record and is the second largest lottery jackpot ever offered in the United States.

Wisconsin's $1 million winning Powerball ticket was purchased at Delavan Mobil Mart, 502 Borg Road, Delavan.

Wisconsin also had a $10,000 winner in Saturday's drawing. The $10,000 winning ticket was sold in La Crosse at Kwik Trip, 105 Clinton Street.

The $1 million winner must claim his prize at the Lottery's headquarters in Madison within 180 days of Saturday's drawing. The $10,000 winner and winners at all other prize levels can claim their prizes by mail, or at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices within that same period.

Saturday night's winning numbers were 22, 32, 37, 44 and 50. The Powerball was 34.


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