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Powerball winner provides a windfall for state revenues

TOPEKA – Someday, you take good news where you find it.

State coffers should get about a $3 million boost in income taxes collected from a Great Bend-man who won the $96.6 million Powerball Jackpot earlier this month, state Budget Director Duane Goossen told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

It might not seem like much coming the day after Gov. Mark Parkinson announced a fifth round of cuts to this year’s budget – this round excising $260 million.

Given that most news about state revenue collection has been about short falls, this news at least prompted some smiles.