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Oregon Powerball winner will finally be announced

Nov 5, 2005, 10:15 am

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A Milton, West Virginia, native living in Oregon claims he won the $340 million Powerball lottery jackpot, according to his sister in Milton.

Sylvia Neal said at first she didn't believe her brother, Robert Chaney, 72, when he called her the night of the drawing and said he was not only a millionaire, but a multimillionaire.

"You hear these things; you know it is true, but it did not sink in," Neal said. "It is beginning to sink in. I feel at peace. We have always been close. He is a wonderful person. It couldn't happen to anyone more deserving than him."

The Oregon Lottery Commission hasn't named the Powerball winner and posted on its Web page that the commission will announce the winner at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Neal said she and her brother grew up in Milton. Chaney moved away after joining the Air Force. He comes back to Milton regularly to visit the many friends he has in the Milton community, Neal said.

Chaney will split the Powerball winnings 50-50 with his daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Steve West, Neal said. Chaney and Steve West had both bought the ticket, Neal said.

"They were driving around and decided to put money into buying a Powerball ticket," Neal said.

The money won't change her brother, Neal said. He will remain a modest and compassionate person, she said.

"I am sure they will buy a new home and new vehicles," Neal said. "He is very conservative with money. He will have a good life and good medical care. He will help all his kids. He cares about me a lot."

Neal said the family has been trying to stay out of the spotlight. (Editor: maybe she should offer that same advice to the Wests.) Chaney was unavailable for comment Thursday evening.

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