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PHOENIX Dec 7 The holder of a winning lottery
ticket bought in Arizona has come forward to claim half of a
record $587.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the Arizona
lottery said on Friday.
The ticket holder, who has not been identified, shares the
huge prize in the Nov. 29 draw with a Missouri couple, Mark and
Cindy Hill, who claimed their prize a week ago.
The Arizona winner, who bought the ticket at a food store in
the Phoenix valley but did not immediately come forward to claim
the prize, has opted to take $192 million before taxes rather
than a larger annuity payment over 30 years, the lottery said.
Lottery authorities were due to hold a news conference later
in Phoenix to provide further details, although they said the
winner had declined to participate.
The popular lottery - which is played in 42 states, the
District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - had not had
a winner for two months.
Hopes of winning the vast prize spurred frenzied ticket
sales in the days before the draw, boosting the prize by more
than $260 million.
The Hills - a mechanic and a former office manager - also
opted to take the prize in cash. They told a news conference
they would stay put in Missouri, but had plans to travel.
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Cynthia
Johnston and Todd Eastham)