$232 Mil Powerball Ticket Sold in Winner, S.D.

Winner resident is big "winner" in lotto

The town of Winner, S.D., has produced a winner — and a $232 million one at that.

The winning ticket for Wednesday night's $232 million Powerball jackpot was sold in the ranching and farming town of 2,800 people.

Lottery officials say it's the ninth-largest Powerball jackpot ever.

"This is an absolute thrill," said Norm Lingle, executive director of the South Dakota Lottery.

The winner has 180 days to come forward and is encouraged to sign the ticket and hire a good lawyer first.

Only two retailers sell Powerball tickets in town: the Ampride and Lil' Feller convenience stores, said Mike Mueller, South Dakota Lottery spokesman. The seller of the jackpot ticket won't be announced until the winner comes forward, he said. The business that sold the ticket gets $50,000.

State lottery officials plan to hold a news conference Thursday to offer details.

Out of the millions of tickets sold for Wednesday night's drawing, only one matched all six winning numbers: five, six, twelve, 16 and 21. The Powerball was seven.

Powerball is played in 30 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Winner, about 200 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, near the Nebraska line, is known for its great pheasant hunting that draws thousands from around the world every fall.

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