Record Breaking Powerball Win Claimed 7/21/12
Iowa Lottery officials were waiting a few weeks for the winner of the $241 million Powerball jackpot to come forward. The winning ticket with the numbers 7, 10, 14, 33, 57 and Powerball 18 belongs to a group of Quaker Oats factory workers. The pool is made up of 18 men and two women who all work in the shipping department of the factory. The reason they waited to come forward is because they are fighting to keep their last names out of the press. It is possible that the group could remain anonymous if the injunction they have filled with the court is deemed legal.
Iowa attorney general Tom Miller and Iowa Lottery CEO, Terry Rich, believe the winner’s names should be released to the public. “It is our position that they should be made public, and we’re giving them what we believed is rights under the Iowa Code to have the chance to go to court and cite something different.”
The $241 million prize is the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in the state’s history and the 15th largest Powerball jackpot ever.
The pool has chosen the lump-sum cash option worth $160.3 million before taxes, and each winner will receive roughly $5.6 million after taxes. At least 11 of the 20 have said they plan to retire as soon as they receive their share.