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Winner claims $2 million prize on Powerball ticket sold in Ogdensburg

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The holder of a $2 million winning Powerball ticket that was purchased at Ogdensburg’s Kinney Drugs, 700 Canton St., has come forward to claim the prize, New York Lottery officials said Friday. State lottery spokeswoman Carolyn M. Hapeman said the winner of Wednesday’s drawing has contacted the lottery, but his or her identity will not be released until the lottery makes a giant check presentation.

“We will have to coordinate with the winner and folks in the region to pick a date, place and time to hold the ceremony,” Ms. Hapeman said.

From the date the check is presented, it takes three business days before the money is wired into the winner’s bank account.

“Because it is a second prize, they will receive a lump-sum payment,” Ms. Hapeman said. “Only jackpot winners get a choice between a lump sum payment or installments spread out over a lifetime.”

The winner correctly guessed five out of six numbers to win a second prize of $2,000,012. The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 9, 31, 35, 41, 57, Powerball 26.

Nobody got all six numbers to win the $40 million jackpot.

The winner’s prize money was doubled by $1 million when he or she chose the “Power Play” option, Ms. Hapeman said.

According to the state lottery website, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175,223,510.

The odds of winning second prize are one in 5,153,633.

Ms. Hapeman said the winner’s delay in claiming the prize might have been because he or she had to drive to the nearest lottery ticket claim center in Syracuse.

All lottery winnings totaling over $600 must be verified in person by lottery officials.

Of the $2 million, the federal government will withhold 25 percent in taxes, while the state will withhold 8.82 percent.

“It’s very exact,” Ms. Hapeman said.

The winner had up to a year from the date of the drawing to claim the prize.

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