Press Release

William and Claudia Walkenbach

July 9, 2003


A Missouri couple came forward Thursday to claim one-half of the $261.3-million US Powerball lottery jackpot and their spending plans were decidedly modest.

William Walkenbach, a production supervisor, said he wants to "finally get me a tractor with brakes." Claudia Walkenbach, a substitute teacher, said she'd buy a new refrigerator to replace the 30-year-old model sitting in their kitchen in Hermann, a town of about 2,600 on the Missouri River.

Neither purchase will make a dent in the two forms of payment the Walkenbachs can choose: $130.6 million in 30 annual instalments of $4.3 million, or a lump sum payment of $73.6 million. Both figures are before taxes.

But as Bill Walkenbach, 53, said Thursday: "It hasn't sunk in yet."

The couple bought their jackpot winning ticket, one of two sold in the United States, on Wednesday at the Hermann Fuel Mart in Hermann,

Claudia, 52, had $5 left after buying a copy of the Hermann Advertiser-Courier newspaper and with the change snatched up five tickets with computer-selected numbers.

The numbers in Wednesday night's drawing were 19-21-26-31-51 and Powerball 40.


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