April 3, 2012
$60 Million PowerBall® Jackpot Claimed
After almost a month of waiting, the winning $60 million PowerBall® ticket has been claimed. Kathleen Last, a long-time resident of Smithfield, RI, appointed attorney, Edmund Alves, to claim the $60 million winning ticket on her behalf in the name of the Ohana Trust. She plans to use the money to take care of her large extended family, which is why she used the Hawaiian word for "family" as the name of the trust.
The winner has elected to take the cash option, so she will receive the lump sum payment of $37,059,913 before taxes. The winning ticket was sold from Quickets at 285 George Washington Highway, Smithfield. She played five separate wagers on one ticket. The winning numbers for the March 7 drawing were 12, 35, 45, 46, 47, and the PowerBall® number was 12. According to her attorney, she "almost had a stroke" when she realized she won, but is happy to be able to help her family with the windfall, in particular a niece who is disabled.
This jackpot win was the second in Rhode Island since the newly revamped $2 version of the PowerBall® game debuted January 15, 2012.
The state of Rhode Island will also benefit greatly from this big win, receiving an estimated lump sum tax payment of $2,219,888.