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2d R.I. resident wins at Powerball with $60m jackpot

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice. But the Powerball lottery game apparently does, if you live in Rhode Island.

Someone in that state bought a winning Powerball ticket Wednesday night worth $60 million, said Melissa Juhnowski, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Lottery.

The winning numbers were 12-35-45-46-47 and the Powerball number was 12. It was a $10 wager.

The ticket was sold one day after 81-year-old Newport resident Louise White stepped forward to claim her $336.4 million Powerball winnings from a Feb. 11 drawing.

The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball is about 1 in 175 million. Now it has happened twice in one month in the same little state.

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The latest winning ticket was sold Wednesday at Quickets shop at 285 George Washington Highway in Smithfield, Juhnowski said.

The winner has not yet stepped forward, but whoever it is will have the option of walking away with a lump sum of $37 million or receiving installment payments over 29 years.

The winner has up to a year to claim the prize.

If the winner takes the lump sum, the state will receive $2.6 million and the federal government will get $9.2 million in taxes this year. With the installment payments, taxes would be deducted annually.

White bought her ticket from a Stop & Shop in Newport. She was taken to the store by a family member who had a craving for rainbow sherbet.

The jackpot was the third largest in the history of the game and the largest ever in Rhode Island. White elected to receive a lump sum of $210 million.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.


Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.