$1 million winning Powerball ticket sold in Kansas

Kansas player hits $1M Powerball prize as state awaits Mega Millions winner to come forward

Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Lottery officials said Thursday another ticket that will make someone a millionaire has been sold in northeast Kansas, this time to a Powerball player.

The $1 million winning ticket is the second millionaire prize hit in the past week, though Wednesday night's prize is dwarfed by the weekend Mega Millions drawing.

"I keep saying 'real people really win' and the recent luck here in Kansas is proof," said Dennis Wilson, executive director of the Kansas Lottery.

Lottery officials said they still are waiting to hear from the Kansas winner who shares the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot with winners in Illinois and Maryland. Each will receive about $218 million. Lottery winners in Illinois and Kansas have up to a year to come forward to claim their prize.

Winners have to present their tickets to state offices either in Topeka or Great Bend, lottery spokeswoman Cara Sloan-Ramos said, but they can choose to have their names remain anonymous under state law.

The Powerball winner's name hasn't been disclosed. Sloan-Ramos said the winner matched all five white balls to earn the $1 million prize under new rules. The winning ticket matched the white numbers of 1-24-33-45-49. The Powerball was 6.

The prize for the "Match 5" contest previously was $200,000. Kansas sold 10 Match 5 tickets in 2011, which Wilson said would have been "10 additional millionaires" under new rules. The changes in Powerball also raised the starting jackpots from $20 million to $40 million.

Retailers that sell jackpot-winning lottery tickets receive a $10,000 prize from the lottery. Those that sell tickets worth $100,000 or more get a $1,000 bonus from the lottery.

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