Powerball winner yet to come forward

Officials say rumors common after big wins

KINGMAN - Arizona lottery officials are still waiting for the owner of a winning Powerball ticket sold in Fort Mohave to claim their $95.3 million prize.

Arizona lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch-Miller said it's not unusual for winners to take the full six months allowable to claim their prize.

"You don't just come in and pick up a multi-multi-million-dollar check," he said. "You have to have somewhere to put it."

Rumors have circulated in Fort Mohave and the surrounding area that the winner was under the required age of 21 to buy a ticket. Hatch-Miller said his office has heard that and other rumors.

"It's not unusual for rumors to pop up, especially in a small community like Fort Mohave," he said. "Someone will come up with something plausible about why no one has come forward yet."

"It's something we expect to hear," Hatch-Miller said.

The numbers were drawn Dec. 1, with the Fort Mohave winner matching all six of the numbers of 5-10-11-12-20, Powerball 2. The ticket was purchased at the Safeway on S. Highway 95, making the store eligible for a $25,000 bonus.

The winner has the option of a 30-year annuity for the entire $95.3 million prize or a cash lump sum of $49.9 million.

Taxes eat up about 30 percent of the winnings, Hatch-Miller added.

The winner has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize money at an Arizona Lottery office.

They can also mail the ticket in, although, "I'd hire an armored truck if I was going to send it in that way," Hatch-Miller joked.