PHOENIX (Reuters) - The holder of a winning lottery ticket bought in Arizona has come forward to claim half of a record $587.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot, the Arizona lottery said on Friday.
The ticket holder, who has not been identified, shares the huge prize in the November 29 draw with a Missouri couple, Mark and Cindy Hill, who claimed their prize a week ago.
The Arizona winner, who bought the ticket at a food store in the Phoenix valley but did not immediately come forward to claim the prize, has opted to take $192 million before taxes rather than a larger annuity payment over 30 years, the lottery said.
Lottery authorities were due to hold a news conference later in Phoenix to provide further details, although they said the winner had declined to participate.
The popular lottery - which is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - had not had a winner for two months.
Hopes of winning the vast prize spurred frenzied ticket sales in the days before the draw, boosting the prize by more than $260 million.
The Hills - a mechanic and a former office manager - also opted to take the prize in cash. They told a news conference they would stay put in Missouri, but had plans to travel.
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Cynthia Johnston and Todd Eastham)