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AZ Powerball winner is married man from Fountain Hills

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Arizona Lottery officials said the person holding the winning ticket for Arizona's half of the $587.5 million jackpot claimed his ticket Friday morning and is a married man in his 30s living in Fountain Hills.

"He and his wife couldn't believe it," lottery official Karen Bach said. "They checked the numbers over and over again - absolutely shocked."

Officials said the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, moved to Arizona from Pennsylvania about a year ago.

He bought the winning ticket on Nov. 28, the day of the drawing, at a Four Sons convenience store near his home.

"He said that he used to play Powerball on a regular basis in Pennsylvania," said Bach. "And, in Arizona, he's only played twice."

His decision to spend $10 on Quick Pick Powerball tickets paid off.

Lottery officials said the winner has chosen to take the $192 million cash option - which works out to be about $134 million after taxes - and has already assembled a team of legal and financial advisors.

They said he should receive his money on Dec.14.

"He mentioned on several occasions the importance the family was placing on being able to do good works with in the community," said Arizona Lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch Miller. "To be able to support organizations, particularly non profit organizations, that they were already contributing to in small ways – but, they hope to contribute to in much larger ways now with this big powerball win."

The record-breaking $587.5 million jackpot will be shared with the Powerball jackpot winners from Missouri, Mark and Cindy Hill, who claimed their prize Nov. 30.

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