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Mystery winner claims $7 million Ohio lottery jackpot

Jan 27, 2005, 1:48 pm

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Ohio Lottery

Someone finally claimed the Ohio Super Lotto Plus $7 million winning ticket sold Dec. 8 at Al's Convenience Store in Tiffin, but the person's identity is still a mystery.

Attorney Catherine L. Evans of Hamilton, Ohio claimed the prize for her client Friday at the Toledo regional Ohio Lottery Commission office. The winner, who chose the cash option, hired Evans to claim the prize for a trust fund called The Gottrich Presentation Trust.

Sandra Neal, public information officer for the Ohio Lottery Commission, said, "It protects the identity of the ticket holder."

After federal and state taxes, the winner who used the auto lotto feature, will receive $2,502,500. The ticket paid $3.5 million before 28.5 percent is taken out for taxes.

The winner does not have to pay city taxes since an ordinance Tiffin City Council approved in May - to collect a 1.75 percent tax on gambling or other winnings, took effect Jan. 1.

Neal said it takes four to six weeks from when the prize is claimed to get the check to the winner.

She said Al's Convenience Store, 614 W. Market St., will receive $7,000 for selling the winning ticket.

That amount will be credited to its invoice report Friday, Neal said. Alice Holt, Al's Convenience Store owner, was on vacation and not available for comment.

She has been the sole proprietor of Al's Convenience for four years and part of a partnership of owners for 20 years. Before Dec. 8, she has not sold a winning jackpot ticket.

The winning numbers were 23-25-29-38-44-49, the bonus ball was 36. The odds of matching all six Super Lotto Plus numbers are 1 in 13,983,816.

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