MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota State Lottery officials said they’ve been contacted by the apparent winner of the nearly $229 million Powerball jackpot.

The identity of the winner still isn’t known, neither is the the fact if it’s an individual or group who won.

Lottery Director Jenny Canfield said they have to verify the ticket, but she calls the apparent winner “promising”.

She says arrangements are being made, and that they may come forward Friday.

WCCO’s Steve Murphy Interviews Jenny Canfield

There have been 20 other Minnesota Powerball winners in the past.

It’s standard procedure for the winner to make a public appearance with lottery officials after claiming the prize.

Comments (10)
  1. Curious says:

    What if you want to be anonymous? Is the public appearance mandatory?

    1. M B says:

      Yes, I believe it is. Part of the winning is that they get to use you for promotions during the acceptance of the money.

  2. James says:

    They should take 97% of it away in tax to help the down trodden.

    1. Ellen says:

      Plenty of it goes for taxes already Robin Hood. Why don’t you give away
      97% of YOUR income to help the down trodden?

    2. DJP says:

      SHEESH..the “down trodden” is better off than the middle class!!

  3. Tom L says:

    Whats the hurry? The worlds at their feet now. Although every day they wait is two weeks further down the road when the ching is actually given them.

    1. M B says:

      While I’ve never actually won, I can guess that they’ve been advised to do some things first and that’s why they’re waiting. Like changing their phone number to an unlisted one (the people that crawl out of the woodwork when you are suddenly rich must be phenomenal) and contacting an financial adviser and lawyer.

  4. RP says:

    There in the process of buying the disguise there going to wear for the mandatory public appearance.

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