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For Some, Powerball's Promise Wasn't Just A Big Payout — But Stability, Too

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$900 Million Prize, 1 In 292 Million Odds — And A Few More Lottery Numbers

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Hidden, he is: This photo provided by the California Lottery shows Powerball winner B. Raymond Buxton holding his ceremonial check. The big winner is trying to keep his life private. He showed up in a T-shirt that says "Luck of the Jedi, I Have." California Lottery/AP hide caption

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Paul White of Ham Lake, Minn., and his partner Kim VanReese. White bought one of the three winning tickets in Wednesday's $448.4 million Powerball lottery. While one-third of the jackpot is about $149.4 million, he's chosen to take his share in a lump sum rather than spread out over many years. That lump sum is $86 million, which after taxes will be about $58 million. Eric Miller /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Powerball winner Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, leaves the lottery office escorted by her son Scott (right) after claiming a single lump-sum payment of just over $370 million before taxes on Wednesday in Tallahassee, Fla. Officials say she is the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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