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Johnson County couple wins $50 million Powerball

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 1:45 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.

A Johnson County couple in their 70s claimed on Friday the $50 million Powerball jackpot from Wednesday’s drawing.

The winners, who want to remain anonymous, matched all numbers: 5, 8, 20, 23, 30 with a Powerball of 3.

After driving to the Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka, the couple elected to take the cash option, which is worth nearly $32.7 million.

After deducting 25 percent for federal taxes and 5 percent for state taxes, the winners will receive a lump sum of approximately $22.9 million, lottery officials said.

The winners have been married 48 years. They plan to share the winnings with their three children, other family members and start a college fund for their five grandchildren.

“You always have thought of winning,” one of the winners told lottery officials. “But when you do, it’s very overwhelming.”

The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven, 11023 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. The store will receive a $10,000 selling bonus.

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