SHAWNEE RESIDENT CLAIMS $600K POWERBALL PRIZE
OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 26, 2008) – Robert Cuellar, a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma, came forward today to claim his $600,000 Powerball prize at Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Cuellar purchased the winning ticket at a Love’s Travel Stop in Shawnee for the Saturday, Feb. 23, Powerball drawing.
He has not yet revealed his plans for the money.
Cuellar correctly matched all five white numbers, missing only the Powerball, to win a $200,000 prize. He spent the extra dollar to purchase the Power Play option, which tripled his winnings to $600,000.
After taxes, he walked away with a check in the amount of $426,000.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $172 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
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