Johnson County, Kan., couple in their 70s claims $50 million Powerball jackpot

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Johnson County couple in their 70s has claimed the $50 million Powerball jackpot from Wednesday's drawing, Kansas lottery officials announced Friday.

The winners purchased their ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 11023 Johnson Drive.

"I wasn't going to buy a Powerball ticket that evening," the winner said in a statement released by the Kansas Lottery, "but when I stopped to buy  $5 worth of Hot Lotto and $5 worth of Super Kansas Cash, I had $6 left in my wallet and decided to go ahead and buy $6 in Powerball."

Kansas is one of six states that do not require lottery winners to reveal their identities. The winners of the Powerball jackpot have chosen to remain anonymous.

The winner said the first thing he or she did was check the ticket on the Internet and call a financial planner.

"Our financial planner was just as excited as we were about our win and came over to the house right away," the winner said. "He also helped us get in contact with an attorney."

The couple has elected to take the cash option of $32,679,738. After taxes, they will receive a lump-sum payment of $22,875,816.

"Winning this amount of money is unbelievable," the winner said.

The couple, who has been married 48 years, plans to share the winnings with their three children and start college funds for their five grandchildren.

"We haven't slept in two days, so we haven't planned what else we might do with the winnings," the winner said. "You always have the thought of winning, but when you do win it's very overwhelming."

The 7-Eleven store that sold the ticket will receive a $10,000 selling bonus.

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