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Can Powerball winners remain anonymous?

Players for the Powerball lottery game that ended Wednesday still don’t know who the lucky winner of a $758.7 million jackpot is, but the person has still vowed to keep their identity private.

A senior producer for a Boston-area television station says it has been in contact with the person who says they have the winning ticket, and that the person is a Millbury, Massachusetts, resident.

WFXT-TV reported Saturday the winner or winners would speak publicly on Sunday. The station, however, did not reveal who its source was.

The winning numbers were drawn Wednesday night were 6, 7, 16, 23, and 26, and the Powerball number was 4.

It is the second-largest jackpot in Powerball history and the biggest for any U.S. lottery since February.

Lottery officials and financial managers encourage people to take time to map out a strategy for investing their hundreds of millions of dollars, and winners must deal with security concerns befitting someone who suddenly is immensely wealthy.

Depending on the state, winners have from 180 days to a year to claim their prize.

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The winner can also elect to receive the full amount in annual installments over 29 years. A final ruling on the winner’s identity must come within six months of the drawing.

There were 9,487,142 winners in the drawing who won at least $4 each. In Connecticut, there were 2,608 winning tickets, including two.

Two were sold at the same location: the Walgreens in Meriden and Fairfield. One ticket was sold in Providence. There were also winning tickets sold in Watertown and Plymouth.

Lottery officials said the smallest winning ticket, $4.50, was purchased at a grocery store in Providence. The largest winning ticket, $1.6 billion, was sold in South Carolina. The winner has not yet come forward.

States vary in how they collect the money allocated for lottery prizes, with some putting it into the state treasury and others using it for other government functions.

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