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November 30, 2012

Missouri mechanic, his wife named Powerball winner

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DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) —

“I hope it’s good news for them,” Anderson said. “I’ve heard awful horror stories about people who get all that money in their lap and how everybody treats them, and if you don’t mind me saying, I mean just the fact that the press is going to be after them.”

Kevin Bryan, a lifelong Dearborn resident, said the only other local lottery winner he could remember was a farmer who won about $100,000 in scratch-off game years ago “and bought himself a combine.”

The winning ticket sold in Arizona was purchased at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills near Phoenix, state lottery officials said.

In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot, the largest lottery payout of all time.

Hill and the holder of the Arizona winning ticket have numerous decisions ahead, including how to accept their new wealth. The cash payout from the overall jackpot has been estimated at about $385 million, or about $192.5 million for each ticket. The winners can take their jackpots in lump sums or annual payments.

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