Winning Powerball ticket to fetch $116.8 million

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Someone in South Dakota’s capital city bought the $116.8 million winning Powerball ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing.

South Dakota Lottery officials said Thursday the ticket was sold in Pierre but that they had not been contacted yet.

The winning ticket matched all six numbers. Those numbers were 15, 17, 24, 26 and 35. The Powerball number was 38.

The largest Powerball jackpot won in South Dakota in the past was $101 million, which was shared in February 2003 by 34 Watertown factory workers and a winner in Indiana. The Watertown group received $50.9 million in that drawing.

The South Dakota Lottery planned a news conference Thursday morning.

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

The person holding the winning ticket should sign it immediately, put it in a safe place and contact the lottery office, he said.

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

The winner has 180 days to claim the jackpot and will have the option of getting the $116.8 million prize in 30 payments or taking it in a $51.6 million lump sum.

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