(Pierre) – The town of Winner has lived up to its name in the biggest of ways.
The single jackpot-winning ticket for last night’s Powerball drawing was sold in Winner, South Dakota. The ticket matched all five white balls and the red Powerball to win the $232.1 million jackpot.
The winning numbers for the Wednesday, May 27, drawing are: 05, 06, 12, 16, 21 and the Powerball was 7.
“This is an absolute thrill,” said Norm Lingle, executive director of the Lottery. “It’s the ninth largest Powerball jackpot ever won.”
Lingle advised that the winner should sign the back of the ticket immediately, put it in a safe place, and contact the Lottery at 605-773-5770 when the winner is ready to make arrangements to validate the ticket and claim the prize.
“The best advice we can give the winner is to take their time and get professional advice from an attorney and a financial advisor before claiming the prize,” Lingle said.
The jackpot winner has 180 days to claim the jackpot, and will have the option of receiving the $232,100,000 jackpot in 30 graduated payments as a 29-year annuity or taking a one-time cash payment of $118,005,530. The winner will have 60 days to make that decision after the ticket is validated.
The ticket holder must present the ticket to the state lottery office in Pierre to be validated. Lingle said there is a multiple-step verification process to determine that the ticket presented is the actual winning ticket. “It isn’t until we have completed the validation process that we will officially declare the winner,” he said.
This is the third time the Powerball jackpot has been won in South Dakota since the Lottery began selling the game in April, 1992. “The Watertown 34” won $50.9 million on February 1, 2003, splitting a jackpot with a winner in Indiana. Bill and Tina Nguyen of Pierre won a $116.8 million jackpot on May 17, 2006.
Powerball is played in 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1:195,249,054.