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spacer December 09, 2005

FIRST OF TWO $200,000 POWERBALL® PRIZES IN ONE WEEK IS CLAIMED

Dover, DE -- A 55-year-old man from Bear claimed his $200,000 prize yesterday from the Saturday, December 3, 2005 POWERBALL® drawing. After learning of his win two days ago, the regular Lottery player went to the Delaware Lottery Office in Dover to have his ticket validated and claim his prize. This winner is the second to win the $200,000 Match 5 prize in the past week, though the prize from the November 30th drawing has not yet been claimed. He was one of eight Match 5 winners nationwide, and one of 6,529 winners in the State for the December 3rd POWERBALL® drawing. A check for $150,000 was awarded to the winner which represents his $200,000 prize minus federal taxes.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Philadelphia native who moved to the area four years ago. He is married with children and a young grandchild, and plans to tell his family about the win at a family birthday party this weekend. At the time he claimed his prize the only person to know of his win was his wife. Though he told Lottery officials he has only won $80 in the past, he plays POWERBALL® every drawing at his usual Retailer and will continue to do so until he really "hits it big." The winner purchased his winning ticket from D&H Liquors in New Castle. When he stopped into the Retailer two days ago and learned a winning ticket was sold, the Retailer clerk checked the tickets and shouted out the good news. He admits to having a stash of tickets that have not been checked, and plans to start checking them more frequently now that he's won. The winner plans to remodel his kitchen for his wife with a portion of his winnings.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $2.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.

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