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Ariz. Powerball Jackpot Winner Identified

Matthew Good chose the cash payout of $192 million to beat the “fiscal cliff.”

Arizona Powerball Jackpot Winner Identified

Dec. 11, 2012— — The second winner of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has been identified as Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Good, 37, chose to remain anonymous after he claimed the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing last week, but lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record. The Associated Press released Good’s identity Monday after it filed a request to learn the lucky winner’s name.

Lottery officials say Good did exactly what someone who just won $192 million should: He hired a team of attorneys and financial advisors before disappearing from the public eye.

Arizona lottery officials held a news conference last week to announce there was a winner, but state law didn’t require the winner to attend.

Instead, Good issued a statement through the lottery saying, “It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy.”

The new instant millionaire works as a manager at an electronics company and lives with his wife and young daughter in an affluent Phoenix suburb, and, according to friends and neighbors, he certainly lives up to his last name.

“Just a very personable, nice guy,” Good’s friend Jeff Talmadge said. “I mean he’s always out there trying to help somebody.”

Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was “a typical kid” who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father, Ray, with the news.

“My husband, he just can’t get over it,” Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee, said. “It’s his son.”

Matt Good told lottery officials that he would be taking the cash option because he’s worried his taxes will go up as bickering politicians in Washington edge closer to the “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1, 2013.

Arizona lottery officials had previously said the ticket was purchased at a Four Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Ariz., and was part of a $10 Quick Pick ticket.

Good will split the jackpot with Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., who already claimed their half Nov. 30.

Speculation and curiosity have grown for weeks over the Arizona winner’s identity. A man was caught celebrating on camera at a Maryland gas station after checking his lottery tickets. But he didn’t have the goods.

This Powerball jackpot was the second-largest lotto payout in U.S. history. A Mega Millions jackpot paid $656 million in March. Before the Hills and Goods were able to match all six numbers, the Powerball jackpot rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner.

Lottery officials said hopeful millionaires were purchasing 130,000 tickets a minute on the day of the $587.5 million drawing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The second winner of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has been identified as Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Matthew Good named as second winner for Powerball prize

10 December 2012

The second winner of a record Powerball jackpot has been identified by Arizona lottery officials.

Matthew Good has chosen to receive a single payout of $192m (ВЈ119m) to avoid a possible tax rise in 2013.

He bought $10 of Powerball lottery tickets and had kept them in the sun visor of his car overnight before realising he was a winner.

He and his wife will split the $587.5m total prize with a Missouri couple who bought the other winning ticket.

Mr Good, who lottery officials said is in his 30s, and his wife live in an affluent suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, called Fountain Hills, where their ticket was sold.

They consulted a team of financial advisers after discovering that they had won.

‘Incredibly overwhelming’

A lottery official said Mr Good intended to put together a financial plan, and also to set up a charitable organisation that would give money to causes he and his wife support, the Associated Press reported.

Mr Good also reportedly told officials that he enjoys his job and is not making plans to quit.

The couple had tried to remain anonymous, but Mr Good’s name was released in response to a public records request.

Earlier, they said in a statement: “It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift.

“We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes.

“Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy.”

The jackpot was the second-largest in US history.

The numbers drawn on 28 November were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6.

The other winning ticket was bought at a petrol station by Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Missouri.

They said they would use their winnings to help their relatives, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, pay for college.

The second winner of a record lottery jackpot – a married man in his 30s from an affluent Arizona suburb – is identified.