$261m Powerball prize claimed, winner remains anonymous

CLEVELAND, OH — A person who bought a $261.6 million Powerball lottery ticket in Ohio has claimed the prize, but their identity has not been revealed as, according to Lottery officials their anonymity was very important to them.

The Ohio Lottery says the holder of the sole winning ticket in the June 2 drawing claimed the winnings Tuesday and chose to take a lump-sum cash payment of about $134.9 million. No indications have been given on what the winner plans to do with their new fortune.

Lottery officials said that Columbus attorney George Hoffman made the claim on behalf of the winner.

Published: July 8, 2010

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