Winner of $400M Powerball will remain anonymous

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The winner of Powerball's fourth-biggest jackpot has come forward, but has chosen to remain anonymous, South Carolina Education Lottery officials said Monday.

A Columbia, S.C., area resident presented the winning ticket to lottery officials Monday afternoon, officials said in a news release.

South Carolina, unlike some other states, allows a winner to claim their prize without releasing the name to the public.

The ticket, worth $399.4 million, was sold at a Murphy Express gas station in Lexington, S.C., just hours before the Sept. 18 lottery drawing.

According to the news release, it was only the second time the man played the lottery. According to lottery officials, he stopped at the Murphy Express to pick up hot dog buns, saw the sign for the Powerball drawing and bought $20 worth of tickets.

The winning numbers were 7-10-22-32-35 with the Powerball number 19. The store will receive $50,000 from the lottery and South Carolina will get up to $15 million in taxes.

The ticket was the largest Powerball jackpot winner ever sold in South Carolina. It is the seventh time a ticket from the state has won the jackpot.


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