Missouri Set to Name Powerball Winner

Arizona victor still in shadows

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 30, 2012 3:19 AM CST

(Newser) – The identity of Missouri's mystery Powerball winner will soon come to light: The state's lottery plans to announce the victor late this morning. The ticket was purchased at a Trex Mart convenience store near Dearborn, where "nothing ever happens," one customer tells Reuters. Though the winner's name hasn't been revealed, KMBC did manage to talk to his mom, who said her son bought $10 worth of tickets. "It's just a shock," she notes. Her daughter-in-law—who is currently unemployed—"said she was so nervous .... she didn't even look at (the ticket) last night."

"She looked at it this morning and she said, 'I think I won that lottery,' and I said, 'You're kidding.'" Now the daughter-in-law can cancel an upcoming job interview. The money will first go to bills, then perhaps a vacation, the mother adds. As for the Arizona winner, no word yet: Officials are waiting to hear from the person who purchased the winning ticket, USA Today reports. It came from a suburban Phoenix food store, Reuters notes. The two winners will split the $587.5 million jackpot.

A customer walks out of the Trex Mart convenience store, right, while manager Chris Nauerz, left, and son of the owner Baron Hartell stand outside, in Dearborn, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Powerball numbers are chosen in the drawing at the Florida Lottery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Eric Seitz, second from left, store owner at 4 Sons Food Store, talks about his store selling one of the winning tickets in the Powerball jackpot, Nov. 29, 2012, in Fountain Hills, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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