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Group of 15 Claims $207 Million Jackpot (Mega Millions)

Fourteen employees of the City of Piqua, Ohio, and one relative of a city worker, wasted no time to make their claim on the $207 million Mega Millions jackpot hit Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

The 15 claimants came to the Dayton regional office of the Ohio Lottery on Wednesday morning to finalize their claim. The winners chose the cash option; after tax withholdings, 14 winners will each receive a check for approximately $6.3 million.  One winner, who bought two shares of the winning ticket, will receive a check for approximately $12.6 million.

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The Lucky Mega Millions Winners

After making a claim in the morning, the group participated in a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Piqua.

The winners are:

Richard Donnelly, Piqua, 58

Jon Dembski, Piqua, 48

Rodney Stephenson, Piqua, 38

Arthur Rudy, Piqua, 38

Kenneth Kirby, Piqua, 31

Cynthia Hershberger, Piqua, 45

Loyal Davis, Jr., Piqua, 41

Jolaine Routson, Piqua, 46

Scott Bradley, Piqua, 44

Amos Steinbrunner, Coldwater, 30

Ritchie Williams, Piqua, 56

Clifford Helman, Bradford, 37

James Montgomery, Piqua, 60

Dennis Steinke, Piqua, 52

Thomas Hill, Jr., Piqua, 72

The group purchased its winning ticket, a $5 wager using the Lottery’s auto-pick feature, at a Kroger store in Piqua.  Kroger will receive a $100,000 agent sales bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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Press Release: Multi-State Lottery Assocation


Neal Wanless of rural Mission today claimed the 10th largest Powerball jackpot won in the history of the multi-state lottery game. The 23-year-old rancher appeared with South Dakota Lottery officials at an award ceremony in Pierre after claiming the $232.1 million he won in the 27 May 27 drawing.

Wanless chose to receive the jackpot as a one-time cash prize of $118,005,530. After federal tax withholding, he will receive a prize payment $88,504,147, not including another $100 he won on the same ticket. The jackpot- winning numbers represent the day and month of family members' birthdays. The lucky combination was the fourth of five plays on a $5 ticket. The winning ticket was purchased at the Ampride store in Winner. Wanless and his family stop at the store when they make the 35-mile trip to Winner to buy feed. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

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