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Powerball ticket worth $136 million sold at Hinton GoMart

HINTON, W.Va. — GoMart Assistant General Manager Terry Smith got a phone call from her representative with the West Virginia Lottery on Thursday morning.

“She informed us we had a winner at our Hinton store for the Powerball jackpot,” she said

The jackpot is worth $136.4 million, the first jackpot winner in West Virginia since 2010.

Smith said they have no idea who the customer might have been, but adds they are thrilled it was one of their customers.

“It’s huge. It’s huge, $136 million, that’s huge!”

According to Smith, GoMart stores have sold winning Powerball tickets worth $1 million and $2 million, but to her knowledge it was the first time any of the chain’s stores had ever sold a jackpot winner.

Powerball officials said it was the only ticket sold which matched all of the numbers.

The winning numbers were 1, 3, 26, 41, 64 and the Powerball number was 17.

The winner can choose the cash option which is $108 million.

 

“Congratulations to the winner or winners of this incredible jackpot,” state Lottery Director John Myers said in a news release. “West Virginia has had a long history of Powerball jackpot winners and we are so happy to have another winner of this magnitude from our great State.”

According to the Lottery, the last Powerball jackpot winner from West Virginia was Randy Smith in August of 2010 – His amount was $44 million cash option (was advertised annuity of $77 Million). The last one above $100 million was the March, 2008 group of 8 Monongalia County Tax Office employees who claimed $139.4 million cash option (was advertised as $276 annuity option) from Powerball.

The state will receive approximately $7 million in taxes from the winning ticket if the lump sum is taken. That’s determined by a 6.5 percent tax rate. Go Mart will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The Lottery is encouraging the winner or winners or sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place. The Lottery also recommends those with the ticket to get a financial advisor. More information on how to claim the winnings is available at 304-558-0500, ext. 311.

A West Virginia law gives jackpot winners the option of whether to be publicly identified. Most choose to remain anonymous.





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