Lottery players nationwide are wondering, "Who is the South Carolina Powerball jackpot winner?" Truth is, we may never know who picked the Powerball winning numbers for the Sept. 18, 2013 drawing. In case you missed Wednesday's Powerball results, they were 7, 10, 22, 32, 35, with a red Powerball number of 19. USA TODAY on Thursday, Sept. 19 reported,
"The winner could choose to remain anonymous because South Carolina, unlike some other states, does not require public identification of winners."
Most states require that Powerball and Mega Millions lottery winners, along with other lottery games, must identify themselves as winners. Unfortunately, that means the South Carolina Powerball winner's good news is made public to the entire country. How would you like the whole world to know you won $400 million?
Store manager Keith Wedmore told USA TODAY,
"Video camera security may have captured the nation's latest freshly-minted multi-millionaire, but he won't review tapes to see if they'll help reveal a winner. "We're curious, but to me, they have a right to remain private. We just want to be decent about it,'' he says."
The $399.4 million winning quick-pick Powerball winning ticket was sold at a Murphy Express gas station in Lexington, South Carolina on Sept. 18, 2013. If you happen to have the winning ticket with all six Powerball winning numbers on it, South Carolina Lottery officials say to sign the back of it immediately, keep it in a safe place, and bring it to lottery headquarters as soon as possible.
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
According to Florida Lottery officials, the next Powerball drawing is scheduled for September 21, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Because the South Carolina Powerball winner hit the entire $400 million jackpot, the next jackpot will start over at the minimum of $40 million annuity, or $22.4 million for a one-time cash lump-sum payment. Both options are before taxes. The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. EDT in Florida. The Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
Disclaimer: Every effort is made to ensure the Powerball winning numbers are correct, however mistakes can happen. Please be sure to check the powerball.com website for total accuracy.
Sources: Powerball; South Carolina Lottery; USA TODAY
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