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Powerball Ticket To Be Validated

August 7, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The attorney for the 13 Ohio machinists and assembly technicians who won $161.5 million in last month’s Powerball jackpot came to Indianapolis today to turn in what he says is the winning ticket.

Larry Sturtz, accompanied by three police officers in plain clothes, traveled 170 miles by car from Upper Arlington, Ohio, to Hoosier Lottery headquarters, where the ticket needed to be validated.

Sturtz was greeted at the door of Pan Am Plaza, where the lottery offices are located, by lottery Director James Maguire, and the two exchanged pleasantries before going behind closed doors to confirm the ticket was authentic. They made no comments to reporters, but planned a news conference later in the morning.

Sturtz has said he wasn’t worried about theft of the ticket because of legal steps he had taken to protect the ticket’s integrity and his clients’ claim.

The ticket had been kept in a safe deposit box. A copy was faxed to Hoosier Lottery officials, who said it looked valid. But rules require the original to be turned in before a winner is declared.

The winners had 180 days from the July 29 drawing to present their ticket for validation.

Powerball, which operates in 20 states and the District of Columbia, offered a record $295.7 million jackpot in last month’s drawing. The winners decided to take the $161.5 million lump-sum payment option. That comes to $12.4 million before taxes for each of the 13 workers.

The apparent winners, who nicknamed themselves ``the Lucky 13,″ work at Automation Tooling Systems in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.

They bought 130 tickets _ spending $10 apiece _ at a gasoline station in Richmond, Ind., about 100 miles away. Powerball does not operate in Ohio.

The only member of the group to have spoken with reporters is John Jarrell, who said he would buy a new home and a motorcycle for his wife. The other 12 have remained anonymous.

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