Carl Hunter wins $97,000,000 playing Powerball
Hunter's ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers drawn plus the red Powerball number to win the jackpot!
About the Win
Hunter was picking up a gallon of milk for his wife when he decided to also purchase one Powerball "quick pick" at West Metairie Shell on West Metairie Avenue in Metairie.
"There was a person in line in front of me and behind me also purchasing tickets for the drawing. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," described Hunter, surprised and humble.
The Powerball jackpot is advertised as a 30-installment annuity, but winners can opt to receive the cash value instead. Hunter chose the one-time cash payment option, which was $48,478,863 or $33,935,204 after federal and state withholdings. His prize was the largest single amount won in the Lottery's history.