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De Queen woman steps forward as winner of $2 million Powerball prize - Magnolia Reporter - Magnolia, Arkansas News: Regional News

De Queen woman steps forward as winner of $2 million Powerball prize

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 8:39 pm | Updated: 11:08 pm, Tue Jan 1, 2013.

Sherry Miller of De Queen claimed on Monday the $2 million prize she won as a result of the Wednesday, December 26 Powerball lottery.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery presented Miller with her check. The winner was previously unidentified.

For last Wednesday's Powerball drawing, Miller spent $2 on a Powerball ticket, $1 on the PowerPlay, and correctly chose all five white-ball numbers. The ticket was purchased at B&B Junction on Highway 71 North in Lockesburg. Both towns are in Sevier County.

Miller arrived Monday at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Claim Center at 124 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock to claim her prize. Tax deductions of $140,000 for the State of Arkansas and $250,000 for the federal government left $1,610,000 as the amount she took home.

She said she wants to use the money to purchase a home for her family and grandchildren.

A prize at this level is won when the player correctly chooses the five white-ball numbers between 1 and 59, but not the Powerball number (between 1 and 35). The prize is $1 million, but Miller added the $1 PowerPlay, which doubled the prize to $2 million. That extra dollar earned her another million dollars.

B&B Junction in Lockesburg will receive a selling bonus of $20,000.

Tuesday, Mega Millions offers a jackpot of $30 million, and Wednesday is The next chance to win Powerball, with a top prize of $50 million.

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