It was a very Merry Christmas for one lottery player in Missouri. The winning Powerball ticket from last night's drawing was sold in Missouri and matched all six numbers. The jackpot totaled $71.5 million. The winning numbers were: 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the Powerball number was 32.
Lottery officials advise that if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to the Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City.
The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which in this case is June 23, 2014. The winner can select to receive the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment worth approximately $39.8 million before taxes.