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Biggest-ever Powerball prize claimed by unnamed Louisiana family

Sun Herald File

A $191 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed in Louisiana, with the state lottery describing the award as the largest single prize ever won in its 26-year history.

The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Lafayette attorney Jean Breaux Jr. arrived at the lottery’s headquarters Tuesday to claim the Oct. 25 prize on behalf of three members of a family who didn’t publicly release their names.

The winners released a statement through the lottery that says: “We are a quiet family and prefer not to be treated as celebrities.” Breaux says his clients regularly played the lottery.

The family chose a lump-sum prize payment of $119 million. After state and federal taxes were withheld, the payment will be nearly $84 million.

The winning ticket was sold in Eunice.

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