Substitute teacher claims $95 million Arizona Lottery jackpot

PHOENIX, AZ – A substitute teacher from western Arizona has come forward to claim a $95.3 million jackpot in the Arizona Lottery.

Specualtion had been rife across the state as to the identity of the mysterious winning ticket holder from Fort Mohave.

Sheila Verke of Fort Mohave today walked into the state lottery’s headquarters in downtown Phoenix with the single prize-winning ticket from the Dec. 1 Powerball drawing.

The store owner of where Ms. Verke purchased her ticket had been hoping that the winner would be a local, and he got his wish.

The 64-year-old Verke was accompanied by friends and financial advisers when she accepted her check. She took the jackpot as a lump sum of $49.9 million.

Verke says she quit her job and is going to buy an RV and begin touring the country.

Published: December 14, 2010

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