Since the $587.5+ Million Powerball winning tickets have been tracked down to the EXACT location of the stores where they were purchased, it's only a matter of time before the big winners' names come out to the general public (& their lives are effectively ruined by greedy, selfish, money-hungry friends/family). Technically, you have 180 days to claim your winning ticket, which is plenty of time to plan your escape, name-change, plastic surgery, etc., but obviously we hope it doesn't take that long to find out who's the new owner of 1/4 a BILLION dollars.
Some of the smaller winners have already been named, however! From Highland, Ind., Larry Chandler's story is below. [MSN]
Larry Chandler, 34, was one of the first people through the door at the Indianapolis lottery headquarters Thursday morning after discovering he was one of the big winners in the $587.5 million drawing.
Chandler's girlfriend's daughter tells NBC 5 that he had been living with them because his own home was in foreclosure. His immediate plans for the money include helping out his mom, starting a college fund for his daughter and taking his girlfriend to Red Lobster -- which should buy plenty of cheddar biscuits.
Chandler says he played his own numbers and matched every one except the Powerball.
He also says he'll be back at work on Monday -- after he hires a tax adviser and a financial planner. #AWESOME
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