Nearly two weeks after the winning numbers were called, the Arizona winner in Powerball’s record jackpot is revealed as the owner of the second lucky ticket in the $587.5 million November 28th draw.
US Powerball is played in 44 US states and territories which produced no winning ticket for nearly two months before the rollover spell was broken, and the massive $587.5 million prize pool was won on November 28th by ticket holders in Missouri and Arizona.
While Missouri couple, Mark and Cindy Hill, were quickly identified as the happy recipients of the mega fortune, Arizona kept the name of her winner under wraps until early this week.
Mathew Good, who had hoped to remain anonymous, is a Phoenix-area family man living in a wealthy suburb of Arizona’s capital city. Good declined to participate in a news conference announcing his win even though Arizona lottery law mandates that winners’ full name be released to the public. 2012 saw several states challenge the policy toward lottery winner anonymity including Indiana, New Jersey, and Maryland, following $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. Learn more about American lotteries here.
Like the Hills, the Good family will take home the $192 million cash payout before taxes instead of opting for annuity payment over a period of 30 years, lottery spokeswoman Karen Bach reported.
"We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes," Good said on Friday before his identity was known.
"Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy."