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Ohio Family Claims $314 Million Powerball Prize

By STEVE HERMAN
Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A retired auto worker and his two adult children from Ohio claimed the $314 million Powerball jackpot on Monday after waiting two weeks to step forward.

The winners are David W. Coterel of Riverside, Ohio, and his son and daughter, David W. Coterel Jr. and Lynn Hiles, both of Dayton.

The family decided to take the cash option on the prize from the Aug. 25 drawing, meaning they will collect $145,985,099 before taxes, Hoosier Lottery executive director Kathryn Densborn.

The elder Coterel, 65, who is retired from General Motors, bought the quick-pick ticket the afternoon of the drawing.

"I lost it," he said of learning he had the winning ticket.

"I'm an emotional person, but I really lost it. ... I know the world is going to turn upside down."

The winning ticket bearing the numbers 2, 8, 23, 29, 35 and Powerball 19 was bought at a Speedway convenience store in Richmond, along the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles east of Indianapolis.

Hiles, 46, said she has quit her postal worker job in Dayton, while her 42-year-old brother recently took a buy-out from his job at a Delphi auto parts plants.

Neither has any children, and their mother, Dorothy, died of cancer three years ago.

The store where the winning ticket was sold is about three miles on U.S. 40 from another Speedway store that sold the winning ticket for a $295.7 million Powerball jackpot to a group of 13 co-workers from a factory in suburban Columbus, Ohio, in July 1998.

The 1998 jackpot was the largest of its kind to that point. Last month's jackpot is the fourth-largest in the 22-year history of the multistate Powerball game. The record jackpot was $365 million won by eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant in February 2006.

Powerball is played in 29 states, including Kentucky; Washington, D.C.; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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