STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Today airs story on Powerball winner Neal Wanless
"Today" had a reporter live in Winner this morning for a story on Powerball winner Neal Wanless. I suppose the reporter was hoping for an exclusive interview, but he didn't get one. Here's t... Posted on 6/8/09 at 4:11 AM
PIERRE (AP) — A Rapid City man collected $200,000 on Monday that he won in the Powerball drawing two days earlier.
The South Dakota Lottery said Raymond Hanson’s ticket matched five white balls but not the Powerball number.
PIERRE — South Dakota Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket sold in Spearfish is worth $200,000.
The ticket matched the five white numbers, but not the red Powerball number to win the game’s second prize.
The sad stories are out there. Some jackpot winners — lucky holders of tickets worth tens of millions — have lost their ample winnings, through poor financial planning, terrible decisions and just plain bad luck.
MISSION — Neal Wanless is a hard man to contact.
He lives in an especially rural pocket of South Dakota, down a long dirt road that at last check was guarded by a padlocked, barbed-wire gate. Internet searches on his name yield no publicly listed address or phone number.
A reporter from NBC's "Today" show was live in Winner this morning for a story on Powerball winner Neal Wanless. Wanless, a 23-year-old, down-on-his-luck rancher from rural Mission, was announced last week as the winner of a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot.
Taken from a South Dakota Lottery press release
PIERRE - Neal Wanless of rural Mission today claimed the 9th largest Powerball jackpot won in the history of the multi-state lottery game.
The 23-year-old rancher appeared with South Dakota Lottery officials at an award ceremony in Pierre after claiming the $232.1 million he won in the May 27 drawing.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — If this were a movie, nobody would believe it: A rancher struggling to eke out a living in one of the poorest corners of America claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history Friday — $232 million — after buying the ticket in a town by the name of Winner.
The mystery surrounding the winner of a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot will be solved today in Pierre, but some feel the case already has been cracked.
The winner is Arlen Wanless of rural Mission, according to several sources — including one neighbor. Attempts by The Daily Republic to contact Wanless and confirm he truly is the winner failed last week. He has no listed telephone number, and the driveway to his rural Mission ranch was blocked by a barbed-wire fence.
PIERRE - The South Dakota Lottery will hold an award ceremony Friday afternoon to introduce the winner of the $232.1 million Powerball jackpot, according to a Lottery news release.
The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center next to Capitol Lake in Pierre.
MISSION — Excitement surrounding a $232 million jackpot spread from Winner westward Friday, igniting the town of Mission with speculation about the identity of the winning ticketholder.
Thursday morning, the South Dakota Lottery office announced that the winning ticket had been sold at a store in Winner, but the office did not release the name of the ticketholder. Friday morning, speculation began anew, and by Friday afternoon, rumors abounded about the possible winner.
The town of Winner has produced a winner - a multimillion dollar Powerball ticket worth $232.1 million. The only winning ticket for Wednesday night's jackpot was sold in the south-central South Dakota town of 2,800 that's 95 miles south of here.
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