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Associated Press, Published February 25 2008

2 Bismarck residents claim $400,000 Powerball ticket

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State lottery officials say two Bismarck residents have claimed a $400,000 Powerball ticket drawn four weeks ago. The man and woman each went home with a check for $138,920 after taxes.

The winners don't want to be identified. Lottery officials said they showed up at the state lottery office Friday.

The winners said they pooled lottery tickets and agreed to split the winnings, but had not checked their tickets until recently.

Lottery officials said the winners are still trying to get used to their prize and have made no plans yet to spend it. The lottery is required to withhold state and federal taxes - 25 percent for federal taxes and 5.54 percent for the state.