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Wis. Sells Winning Powerball Ticket

May 21, 1998

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ One gambler _ out of the millions of dreamers who waited in hourlong lines or drove into the next state in hopes of winning big _ beat Powerball’s 80.1 million-to-1 odds.

A ticket sold in southern Wisconsin for Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot drawing, worth a world-record $195 million, was the only winner, lottery officials announced this morning.

The winning numbers were 4, 9, 30, 34, 48 and Powerball 8.

The winner’s identity was not known. The big ticket was sold in Walworth County, Wis., at a store about 5 miles across the state line from Illinois, a non-Powerball state.

Pat Penio, owner of the Lakeside Country Store in Pell Lake, where the winning ticket was purchased, said customers of her grocery and delicatessen suggested that if someone locally should win, the payoff should be shared with the community of 1,200.

``We’ve had all sorts of promises from lunch in Paris to putting in our new sewer system in Pell Lake,″ she said.

It was the second time the Powerball planets aligned and pointed at Wisconsin in a major way: The previous record jackpot of $111.2 million went in July 1993 to Leslie Robbins and Colleen DeVries of Fond du Lac, about 85 miles north of Pell Lake.

The winning player in Wednesday’s drawing chose to receive an immediate payout, which means the ticket is worth $104.3 million. The full jackpot would have been paid out over 25 years _ at roughly $7.7 million a year.

Wednesday’s jackpot was originally estimated at $175 million, but that was revised shortly before the drawing to $195 million after record sales.

The consolation prize in Wednesday’s drawing wasn’t too shabby: There were 57 players who matched five numbers but not the Powerball for a $100,000 prize.

Charles Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates Powerball in 20 states and Washington, D.C., said more than 72 million tickets were sold Wednesday in the Powerball states.

``They’re coming all the way from Memphis and from Arkansas,″ said Hattie Vines, manager of the Chevron gas station in Delta, La., just across the state line from Vicksburg, Miss.

Richard Meinen of Toledo, Ohio, drove 80 miles west to Angola, Ind., to buy a ticket. ``The jackpot got so big we couldn’t ignore it,″ Meinen said.

Doug Orr, the Multi-State Lottery’s marketing production coordinator, said 138.5 million of the $1 tickets were sold between Sunday and 59 minutes before Wednesday’s drawing.

Indiana, which is bordered on the east and west by states where Powerball is not played, reported sales of 11,000 per minute.

The dispatcher at the Walworth County sheriff’s office, who would give only her first name, Kathy, found no joy in coming at least geographically close to winning the massive jackpot.

``I guess I’ll still be working tomorrow,″ she said.

Powerball is played in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

It all starts over again Saturday, when the jackpot shrinks to a mere $10 million.

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