Powerball winner comes forward


Milpitas, California -

California Lottery officials say the sole winner of February's $425-million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize.

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Powerball tickets are printed out at Buck's Super Market in Indianapolis. File picture: Michael Conroy

B. Raymond Buxton claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Lottery officials say Buxton was wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Yoda of Star Wars and read, “Luck of the Jedi I have”.

The one winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Milpitas, north of San Jose.

The winning numbers were drawn on February 19.

The $425-million jackpot is one of the largest lottery jackpots in US history, though far from the record.

Lottery officials say Buxton chose to take a lump sum payment of $242.2 million before taxes. - Sapa-AP

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