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Associated Press, Published June 19 2009

South Dakota rancher collects his Powerball winnings

MISSION, S.D. – A South Dakota rancher who won a $232 million Powerball jackpot is officially a very rich man.

Neal Wanless, 23, has received the $88.5 million lump sum, after-taxes payment.

State lottery spokesman Mike Mueller said the money first came to the state treasurer’s office this week. It was then wired to Wanless’ bank.

Uncle Sam also has received his money. Mueller said that amount was a little under $30 million.

The $232 million jackpot Wanless won in late May was one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

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