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Indiana winner of $435.3M Powerball wants to remain anonymous

The Indiana winner of a $435.3 million Powerball jackpot has chosen to remain anonymous after coming forward to claim the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. (March 13)

Sarah Taylor, right, executive director of Hoosier Lottery, said one Indiana Powerball ticket holder claimed the estimated $435.3 million Powerball jackpot as Bohemian Financial LLC, allowing the winner to remain anonymous. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Taylor presented a celebratory check of his winnings to Jennifer Dzwonar, the winner’s representative. The winner took the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million before taxes with a final payout of $189.1 million after taxes. (Photo: Matt Kryger, The Indianapolis Star)

INDIANAPOLIS — The winner of last month’s $435.3 million Powerball drawing will remain anonymous, a representative for the winner said.

Jennifer Dzwonar, a representative of the Powerball winner from Indianapolis public relations firm, Borshoff, said the winner wishes to remain anonymous, but confirmed he is a resident of the Lafayette, Ind., metropolitan area.

Indiana law allows jackpot prizes to be claimed by a limited liability corporation or legal trust, thus allowing winners to remain anonymous. The winner claimed the prize as Bohemian Financial LLC.

“We can tell you that he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant,” said Dzwonar. “This is a dream come true for the winner, and he wishes to thank the Hoosier Lottery and Powerball. He is also grateful to his wonderful family and the Greater Lafayette community.”

Dzwonar said those who know his identity are very few, but said he is a middle-aged man who has lived in the area for roughly 10 years and considers Lafayette home.

“The winner is very family oriented and close to his siblings and parents,” she said. “He plans to give some money to family to help family members pay for their education and maybe earn an advance degree himself. He anticipates making donations to charity, but he has made no decisions at this time.”

Dzwonar said spurred by the excitement of a large Powerball jackpot, the winner bought his ticket on the day of the drawing. The jackpot was the 10th largest in U.S. history.

“He occasionally bought a few tickets on his way to work, and on that day, he paid $10 for five quick picks at $2 each,” she said.

Early the next morning, after working his shift and going to the store, Dzwonar said the winner returned home to check the Powerball numbers on the Hoosier Lottery website. Noticing the jackpot was hit in Indiana, he went to his car to retrieve his tickets.

“He remembered the Powerball was 2 and he had hit 2 on one of the tickets,” Dzwonar said. “So he checked the numbers online, searched his ticket, stopped, reread the ticket several times and was stunned to realize he won.”

The winning numbers for the Feb. 22 drawing were 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The ticket was sold at a family-owned Super-Test gas station in Lafayette. The store will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Sarah Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, said the winner, after deciding to take the lump sum of $263.5 million, will ultimately walk away with $189.1 million after federal and state taxes are withheld.

Dzwonar said for now, the winner has not decided whether he will keep his job or not.

“We know there are lots of rumors going around Lafayette,” she said. “He has thought about it a lot, and thought about that it is possible that his job could be used by someone else who maybe needs it more than he does at this point.”

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Jillian Ellison on Twitter: @JCellison_

Winner is a Lafayette, Ind., middle-aged man who graduated from Purdue University.

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With 750 million reasons to buy a $2 Powerball ticket, those suffering from lottery fever are doing whatever they can to increase their ridiculously low chances of winning.

Some players go with rituals and superstitions. Others rely on “lucky numbers” or signs from the universe to guide them.

But for Hoosiers, history and cold, hard data may be the key to becoming the next overnight millionaire.

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Indiana is the land of luck

The odds of winning the $750 million jackpot Wednesday night are 1 in 292,201,338. So, not great. Despite that, history shows that you may already have a little extra luck when playing Powerball in Indiana.

Hoosiers have won the Powerball jackpot 39 times in the game’s 27-year history. That’s more than any other Powerball-playing state, and it makes up 10.6 percent of total jackpot winners, according to Hoosier Lottery officials.

Powerball interest, like the jackpot, is on the rise. A cool $750 million is up for grabs Wednesday night, March 27. (Photo: Hillard Grossman/FLORIDA TODAY)

The next state on the list of most Powerball wins is Missouri with 31.

The last Hoosier jackpot winner was in early 2017 when an anonymous player in Lafayette won the $435 million Powerball game. Officials said that winner, who decided to take the lump sum of $263.5 million, walked away with $189.1 million after federal and state taxes were withheld.

But some counties are luckier

According to Hoosier Lottery data, $292,555,871 in Powerball winnings have been claimed in Indiana since 2014, the most recent data available. That includes both jackpot wins and smaller Powerball wins.

The total number of claimed wins is 313.

There have been winnings claims in 71 of Indiana’s 92 counties. The top five winningest counties are Marion with 44 wins, Lake with 35 wins, Allen with 17 wins, St. Joseph with 15 wins and Hamilton with 12 wins.

When it comes to the top five highest earning counties, Tippecanoe County takes the number-one spot by mile thanks to the 2017 jackpot pushing the county’s total claimed winnings since 2014 to $264,971,446.

Rounding out the top five is Allen County with $3,662,120; Marion County with $3,403,404; Johnson County with $3,330,007; and Lake County with $2,590,067.

And some places are looking for a win

While the past five years have brought in plenty of lottery loot, there are 21 Indiana counties with no recorded wins since 2014.

Those counties are Benton, Brown, Crawford, De Kalb, Fayette, Jasper, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pulaski, Rush, Starke, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Warren, Wells and White.

So living in one of these counties either means you’re out of luck this Wednesday, or you’re due for a big win.

When is the next Powerball drawing?

The next Powerball drawing happens at 11 p.m. Wednesday and costs $2 to play. Players can opt for the Power Play to increase their winnings for an additional dollar.

Powerball drawings are televised in Indianapolis on Fox59 at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Powerball sales end at 9:58 p.m. EDT in Indiana. Check with your local state lottery for cut-off times.

The Powerball numbers from the Saturday Mar. 23 drawing were 24, 25, 52, 60 and 66, and Powerball 5. The Power Play was 3.

The $750 million jackpot has a cash option payout of $465.5 million.

Call IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack

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