- The Washington Times - Friday, January 2, 2004

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A Mega Millions lottery ticket buyer in this Cleveland suburb is going to have a prosperous new year. Ditto for players in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, where two winning tickets for the $221.5 million Powerball drawing Wednesday night were purchased.

The winning Powerball ticket in South Carolina was sold at Coit McCarter’s Clover Shop and Save store in Clover, a small town near the North Carolina line. Mr. McCarter said he isn’t sure the four-leaf clover that replaces the “o” in Clover in his store’s name makes the store lucky, “but you like to feel it does.”

No one visited the store early yesterday to show off the winning ticket, Mr. McCarter said. The winner will have to wait until lottery offices reopen today to claim the prize, as will the Powerball winners.

“First thing tomorrow morning, we’ll be glad to give them everything they ever wanted,” Powerball spokeswoman Tara Robertson said.

Pennsylvania’s winning Powerball ticket was sold in York County, about 80 miles west of Philadelphia, said Steve Kniley, spokesman for the state Revenue Department.

“The experience with this is that it will be days, if not weeks, before a winner is announced,” Mr. Kniley said. “We advise people to take their time and consult with financial advisers before coming forward.”

The winning Powerball tickets matched the numbers five, seven, 18, 28 and 35. The Powerball number was 1.

A winning Mega Millions ticket worth $162 million was sold at a convenience store here, Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said. It was the only ticket in the 11-state jackpot that matched all the numbers in the drawing Tuesday night. The winning numbers were 12, 18, 21, 32 and 46. The Mega Ball number was 49.

No one has claimed the prize.

“Some people who win big jackpots need the time to plan what they’re going to do,” Miss Cohen said. Ohio lottery winners have 180 days to stake their claim.

Mega Millions is played in 11 states, including Maryland and Virginia. Powerball is played in 24 states and in Washington, D.C.

When redeeming the Mega Millions ticket, the eventual winner or winners may choose between an immediate cash payout of $95 million before taxes or $162 million over 26 years, Miss Cohen said. The lump-sum payment would be about $67.9 million after taxes, she said.

For the Powerball winners, each ticket is worth $110.75 million over 30 years or a one-time payment of $60.1 million before taxes.

The biggest single-ticket winner in the world is Jack Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia. He won a $314.9 million jackpot in Powerball in December 2002.

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