A Johnson County husband and wife have come forward to claim a $50 million Powerball jackpot.
The Johnson County couple, both retired and in their 70s, were announced Friday as the winners in Wednesday night's drawing of the multistate lottery. They've chosen to remain anonymous, as allowed by Kansas law.
The couple said they've spent a couple of sleepless days trying to decide what to do with their winnings.
They've chosen the cash option, which works out to a lump sum of nearly $23 million after taxes. They have three children and five grandchildren and plan to share some of the money with family and friends.
The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-11 store at 11023 Johnson Dr. in Shawnee. For selling the ticket, the store will receive a $10,000 bonus.
The winning numbers were 05-08-20-23-30 Powerball 03.
"I wasn't going to buy a Powerball ticket that evening, but when I stopped to buy $5 worth of Hot Lotto and $5 worth of Super Kansas Cash, I had $6 left in my wallet and decided to go ahead and buy $6 in Powerball," the man said.
The very last set of numbers on the ticket was the wining set.
"After checking my ticket on the internet, I immediately signed the back of the ticket and called a financial planner," the winner recalled. "Our financial planner was just as excited as we were about our win and came over to the house right away. He also helped us get in contact with an attorney."
The couple kept their ticket in a fireproof lockbox while they sorted out the details with their attorney and financial planner. The couple paid $8.2 million in federal taxes and $1.7 million in state taxes.
"Winning this amount of money is unbelievable," said the winner. "We plan to share our winnings with our children and other family members and start college funds for our grandchildren. We haven't slept in two days, so we haven't planned what else we might do with the winnings. You always have the thought of winning, but when you do win it's very overwhelming."
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