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All Four $1 Million Texas Powerball Winners Claim Prizes

AUSTIN (November 30, 2012)—The four Texas residents whose tickets matched five numbers, but not the Powerball in Wednesday night’s record Powerball drawing have claimed their winnings, Texas Lottery officials said Friday.

Their tickets were each worth $1 million before taxes.

Chavira and Kathleen H. Komatinsky collected their winnings Friday at the Texas Lottery claim center in Houston, and Betty S. Galloway claimed her prize Friday in Dallas.

Ruben Briones of San Antonio claimed his $1 million prize Thursday.

Chavira purchased his ticket at the Stop By Market in Houston, Komatinsky bought her ticket at a Timewise Food Store in Humble, Galloway purchased her ticket at a 7-Eleven in Dallas and Briones bought his at the Frio City Food Mart in San Antonio.

All four winners requested minimal publicity, lottery officials said.

Two tickets matched all five numbers and the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing.

One was purchased by mechanic Mark Hill, 52, who works at a meat processing plant in Dearborn, Mo.

He will split the record $587.5 million jackpot with an as-yet-unidentified winner in Arizona, but will still end up with a lump sum of $136 million after taxes.

Hill and his wife, who was laid off from her job more than two years ago, have three grown sons and a 6-year-old daughter they adopted from China five years ago.

With their winnings, they say they're now considering a second adoption.

They say they also plan to help other relatives, including their grandchildren and nieces and nephews, pay for college.

They're planning vacations, and their daughter wants a pony.

Hill has his eye on a red Camaro.

He and his wife say they're planning "a pretty good Christmas."

With sales totaling nearly $75 million, Texas was among the top five states in ticket sales for Wednesday’s drawing.


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