Powerball winner comes forward over a month after draw was made

WILTON, NY – The lucky holder of a winning Powerball ticket worth up to $49 million has finally come forward, over a month after the draw was made.

Carolyn Hapeman, spokesperson for the New York Lottery, said the winning player came in on Tuesday afternoon to claim their prize.

All Hapeman could not reveal why the winner had taken so long to come forward to claim the prize and she also kept any details of their identity anonymous for now. “All will be revealed in due time,” she added.

Lottery officials are currently working to verify the ticket as the winner, which is just a formality in this case as there is no reason to question the winner’s authenticity. There will also be a public check presentation organised once the winner is confirmed.

The winning ticket was sold on Christmas Day 2010 and cost $1. The winning numbers for the draw were 1, 17, 38, 50, 52 and 24.

Taken in annuity payments made over a 30-year period, the winner could get up to $48.8 million. If the winner opts for a lump sum, he or she could receive $24.8 million.

Published: February 4, 2011

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