Arizona reveals name of Powerball jackpot winner
BY PAUL DAVENPORT Associated Press
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12/11/12 at 6:02 AM
The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to a Phoenix suburb last year.
The winner is Matthew Good, 37, of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.
Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.
Good grew up in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee, said in an interview with the AP that Good was "a typical kid" who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father, Ray Good, with the news.
He told his father "they're out of sight and they would contact him," she said.
Lottery officials said Good has no immediate plans to quit his job.
Good bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winner in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he won.
After Good and his wife learned of their good fortune, he pulled together a team of financial advisers and decided to take his share this month to avoid potentially higher taxes in 2013.
A mechanic and his wife, Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., already have claimed their half of the multistate Powerball prize, the second-largest in U.S. history.
A mechanic and his wife, Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Mo., already have claimed their half of the multistate Powerball prize.
Original Print Headline: Ariz. Powerball winner's name revealed
A pedestrian walks Monday in front of the house where Matthew Good lives in Fountain Hills, Ariz. ROSS D. FRANKLIN / AP