Kentucky lottery winner has not yet come forward

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Kentucky Lottery officials said the owner of a $128.6 million Powerball ticket has still not come forward.

The owner of the Pro-Travel Marathon gas station in Georgetown, Ky. that sold the winning ticket did have some news to tell on Tuesday. Jack Zakir held a news conference with lottery officials.

Lottery Spokesman Chip Polston said officials have been contacted by lawyers representing a "person or persons" who claim to have the winning ticket.

Polston said lottery officials have not validated the ticket, but information provided by the attorneys, "is consistent with what would appear on the winning ticket."

Long story short, their numbers match up.

"They have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the ticket so they're not in any rush," Polston said. "They want to have a plan in place before they come to Louisville and turn-over the ticket and with the 180-day period they've obviously got the time to do that."

The statement also said the ticket is being held in a secure location while the owner decides "how best to move forward."

The Powerball drawing was Saturday night. The winning numbers were: 32-36-37-41-53 and the Powerball 30.

Prior to this jackpot, the largest-ever prize won in Kentucky was $89.3 million, back in 1996.

Copyright 2009 WXIX-TV and Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.