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Opinion

Jeff Jacoby

Powerball’s other big winner: the taxman

THERE MAY have been two winning tickets for that $587.5 million Powerball jackpot last month, but there were three big winners.

Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., opted to take their half of the big prize in a lump sum of $193,750,000, and it’s likely that whoever bought the other winning ticket in Fountain Hills, Ariz., will do the same thing. But a whopping share of the jackpot will go to a greedy uninvited partner who didn’t even bother to play: Uncle Sam.

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