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July 11, 2014


$124.9 million Powerball winner bought ticket in Conneaut

CONNEAUT — Are there multi-millionaires walking in our midst?

The announcement that a $124.9 million Powerball winning ticket was purchased at the True North convenience store in Conneaut and a $73 million Classic Lotto Ticket purchased in Ashtabula Township in June was claimed on Wednesday.

A 6 a.m. call to the True North store at the intersection of State Road and Route 20 in Conneaut got the morning off to a rousing start when lottery officials called the store, said store employees.

“It is pretty exciting for this little town,” store manager Charlotte Temple said.  She said they are going to work with lottery officials to see who sold the winning ticket.

“This is really cool. I am more excited for the community than anything else,” said Bailey Lyden who is one of the owners of the station that includes more than 100 stores in northeastern Ohio and is based in Brecksville.

The store will receive a $100,000 check for selling the Powerball ticket that includes 43 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

“Today is a great day for the Ohio Lottery,” said the Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Byrd. He said the winner had not stepped forward.

“There are some rumors that the winner might be an area resident,” he said.

As customers came into the store to pay for gas or purchase snacks numerous television cameras greeted them.

The winner can take an annual annuity for 30 years or take a lump sum. The cash lump sum would be $73 million and $51 million after taxes, lottery officials said.

The winner has 180 days to claim their prize and lottery officials advise people to get legal and or financial representation.

“We like people to know what they are going to do with the money,” said Ohio Lottery Spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Baab.

Jim Lee was pumping gas at the station and wondered aloud about winning.

“I ‘d probably have a heart attack,” he said. Lee said he would spread the money between his kids and charity.

Ray Hammond said he would donate a lot to the city if he were to win that much money.

The holder of a June 14 Classic Lotto  Ticket worth $73 million, purchased at Grumpy Grandpa’s on State Road in Ashtabula Township, claimed the prize on Wednesday through a trust fund, according to information released by the Ohio Lottery.

The winner took the after taxes cash pay-out of $26,021,500 through the Emerald Island Trust monitored by an Akron Trustee, according to lottery officials.

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