Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $185 Million Sold in Connecticut, Remains Unclaimed
Someone had a very lucky Valentines Day as one winning Powerball ticket was sold in Connecticut, and it's worth $185 million.
Lottery officials made the confirmation Tuesday morning that one Powerball ticket, worth some 185 million dollars was sold to someone in Connecticut. It's one of the biggest jackpots ever won by someone in the state.
The winning ticket was purchased in Cheshire at the One Stop Convenience Store on Main Street, and so far no one has come forward to claim the winnings.
The winning numbers from the drawing on Monday night, (Feb. 14), were 16-25-27-49-55-17.
For selling the winning ticket, the convenience store in Cheshire will receive a retailer bonus of $100,000 dollars.
According to fox61.com, the Connecticut Lottery Organization said that if the lucky winner of that ticket chose the lump sum option, then the winner will receive $123.9 million dollars which is not too shabby.
Since the Connecticut Lottery is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and having it coincide with the big Powerball win, Governor Ned Lamont has proclaimed today (Tuesday, February 15) Connecticut Lottery Day. Now the lottery is just waiting for the lucky ticket winner to come forward.
Winners have 180 days to claim their winning ticket before it expires, and winners have the option to remain anonymous. A lottery spokesperson said that when someone wins this kind of a jackpot, they sometimes come right into the Rocky Hill office to claim their winnings, but other times people like to get all their ducks in a row, take care of all the legal business, then go in to claim the jackpot.
Since winning this kind of money can be life altering, the Connecticut Lottery offers these suggestions.
- Sign the back of the ticket so no one else will be able to claim it's theirs.
- Go see your tax advisor, and if you have one, your investment professional.
- Decide if you want to take the lump sum, or take the annuity payments over the course of a number of years.
- Come to the Lottery Headquarters prepared to make sure you set yourself up to enjoy the win.
When you play the lottery, the odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot like this is 1 in 292.2 million.