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$116.8 Million Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in South Dakota

For Immediate Release: 5/18/2006

(Pierre) - The single jackpot-winning ticket for last night’s Powerball drawing was sold in Pierre, South Dakota. The ticket matched all five white balls and the red Powerball to win the $116.8 million jackpot.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, May 17, drawing were: 15, 17, 24, 26, 35 and the Powerball was 38.

“This is very exciting,” said Norm Lingle, executive director of the Lottery. “It’s the largest lottery prize ever won in South Dakota.”

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 to make arrangements to validate the ticket and claim the prize.

“We also encourage the winner to get professional advice from an attorney and a financial advisor,” Lingle said.

The jackpot winner has 180 days to claim the jackpot, and will have the option of receiving the $116,800,000 jackpot in 30 graduated payments as a 29-year annuity or taking a one-time cash payment of $51,584,755. The winner will have 60 days to make that decision after the ticket is validated.

The ticket holder must present their 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 second 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.

Powerball is played in 28 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1:146,107,962.

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