Aug 2, 2019, 9:06 am
A winner has come forward to claim the $198 million Powerball jackpot drawn on July 13, receiving the prize anonymously through a trust.
The Freedom Trust claimed the prize on Thursday at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville, according to a news release.
The winner chose to receive the lump sum amount of $128.1 million. The winning ticket was sold at Worsham's Market in Hendersonville.
For more than a century, the Worsham family has owned and operated the local landmark near 2030 New Hope Road. Rebecca Hargrove, lottery president and CEO, presented Bobby Worsham with a $50,000 selling bonus last month.
"That's great," Worsham's granddaughter Taylor Carter said Thursday.
The win marks the seventh time someone in Tennessee purchased a ticket with all six matching numbers, according to the Tennessee Lottery. Powerball is played across multiple states.
There have been 76 Powerball winners in Tennessee of $1 million or more, and seven of those have been jackpot winners.
Lottery officials advise winning ticket-holders to sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a secure location, consult with a financial adviser and call the lottery headquarters in Nashville before coming to claim the prize.
According to Tennessee lottery regulations, no matter how many people decide to split the winnings of a lottery prize, only one check will be issued.
Lottery winners are able to set up trusts, corporations or similar organizations to receive the funds and then divide as they see fit. The trust must still provide proper identification to lottery officials to claim the prize, and file the win with the IRS, according to posted lottery rules.
Each of the group members will be subject to all applicable federal, state, and debt setoff withholdings and identification requirements, the rules say.
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