Powerball win goes to vacationers

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LONDONDERRY — A couple vacationing in Vermont left the state with a check for $700,000 in their pockets after they claimed their winning $1 million Powerball ticket.

The couple, which asked to remain anonymous, came into the Vermont Lottery headquarters in Berlin Monday to claim their prize and turn in their ticket, according to Jeff Cavender, spokesman for the lottery.

He said the couple, who had bought their $2 Powerball ticket the night of last week's Wednesday drawing, didn't realize they had won until late Friday afternoon, Cavender said.

He said they didn't immediately check the numbers on their ticket, but heard that two $1 million Powerball tickets had been sold, including one in Vermont and the other in California.

They finally checked their tickets, he said, and realized they had won. He said it had been a 'quick pick' ticket, where the machine chooses the numbers.

They had been planning on leaving Vermont the next day, "but they decided to stay around and pick up their prize."

He said after taxes, 24 percent federal and 6 percent state, they pocketed $700,000. He said the couple had to fill out paperwork before receiving their check.

Clark's Quality Foods in Londonderry had sold the winning ticket, and as a result will receive a check for $10,000, or 1 percent of the prize, he said.

In the past five years, there had been four $1 million Powerball tickets sold in Vermont, Cavender said, but there has never been a jackpot ticket sold in Vermont.

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