Second $587.5m Powerball Winner Officially Named

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Lottery News, Lottery Winners

The second half of the mega $587.5 million jackpot has finally been claimed, two weeks after it was won. The winner has been officially named as 37 year old married Matthew Good from Fountain Hills, Arizona, who is believed to work in the electronics industry. However, Mr Good has requested to remain as anonymous as possible, shunning a press conference which an official from the Arizona State Lotto attended on his behalf. Read on for more details and the statement made by Mr Good.

According to Arizona state law, jackpot winners must declare their name as a matter of “public record”, although they do not have to attend press conferences nor make any further information regarding their life public. Unlike the first Powerball winners, Mark and Cindy Hill from Dearborn, Missouri, Matthew Good and his wife have decided to shun the limelight and try to retain whatever privacy they can. They have, however, issued a statement via the Arizona State Lottery, which said the following:

“It is difficult to express how thankful we are for this wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy.”

It is currently assumed that Good was not the man caught on CCTV in a convenience store celebrating a win recently. However it is possible this man may have won a secondary prize on the Powerball, as its second tier prize of $1 million (or, if the player opted for the Power Play option, $2 million) for matching five numbers would still be cause for celebration.

Good opted to take the one off pay out of $192 million (before tax), and the only other information we have regarding him is that he and his family, by all accounts, are warm, friendly and respected people within their neighbourhood.

However, if we were the neighbours of some of the biggest Powerball winners in the USA, we would most likely be saying only positive things about them too! Cynicism aside, we’d like to say well done to Matthew Good and his family; we at wish them well.