Powerball winner takes $50 million

Retired teacher will buy an RV and tour the country on her winnings

KINGMAN - A 64-year-old Fort Mohave school teacher has come forward as the $95.3 million Powerball winner.

Sheila Verke won the jackpot earlier this month by playing her usual numbers of family members' birthdays.

She realized she had the winning ticket the day after the Dec. 1 drawing but only came forward Monday after consulting with financial advisors.

Verke took the cash lump sum of $49.9 million versus the 30-year annuity for the entire $95.3 million prize. The mother of two says her first big ticket purchase will be an RV she'll use to travel the country.

Verke is a retired substitute teacher for the Mohave Valley School District and said she is an avid lottery player. She bought her ticket at the Fort Mohave Safeway. The store donated $5,000 of its $25,000 selling bonus to the Boys and Girls Club of the Colorado River.