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Minnesotan holds winning ticket

By Steve Karnowski

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Minnesota is a lucky winner of a jackpot worth up to $98.7 million.

One ticket sold in Minnesota matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night, and it's the second time in a row that Minnesota has sold the winning Powerball ticket.

The jackpot is worth $98.7 million if the winner takes the annuity option, which would pay out $3.2 million a year for 30 years, or $2.2 million a year after withholding, the Minnesota State Lottery said.

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The lump-sum cash option is worth $53.1 million before withholding, or $35.9 million after withholding.

For security reasons, Minnesota lottery officials don't say where a winning ticket was sold until after it's presented, said lottery spokeswoman Debbie Hoffmann.

The winning numbers were 4-10-11-18-43, and the Powerball was 41. The Power Play number was 3.

Three tickets matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball, to win $100,000 each. One of those was also sold in Minnesota; two were sold in Pennsylvania.

Hoffmann said the earliest the winner could come forward would be at 8 a.m. today when the lottery headquarters in Roseville, Minn., opens. The winner has a year to come forward.

The winner should sign the back of the ticket immediately, put it in a safe place, and call the lottery public relations department at (651) 635-8228 to make arrangements, the lottery said.

A Stillwater couple won a jackpot July 7 that would have been worth $21.1 million under the annuity option. They took the $11.1 million cash option, Hoffmann said.

This is Minnesota's 18th Powerball winner, the lottery said. The state also had six jackpot winners with its predecessor, Lotto America. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 120 million.

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