Press Release

Don & Joyce Harvey

June 27, 2007


Muldrow Couple Claims Powerball Jackpot!

OKLAHOMA CITY – His truck broke down the morning he and his wife of 20 years discovered they had won a $105.8 million Powerball jackpot.  Don H. Harvey, 64, and Joyce M. Harvey, 50, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, arrived at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission just before noon today to claim their prize.

The official announcement was made during a news conference held today at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Don Harvey, a trucker since the age of 17, says he will buy a used truck with some of the winnings.  When asked why he wouldn't buy a new truck, he said because a used truck doesn't immediately depreciate in value.

They plan to share the money with family and pay bills.

The Harvey 's elected to take the “lump sum” cash option of $46,837,771, rather than the larger 29-year, 30-installment annuity.  After state and federal taxes, they walked away with a check for $33,254,815. A total of twenty-nine percent is taken out in taxes for all prizes over $5,001, including 25 percent in federal taxes and 4 percent in state taxes.

Joyce Harvey, who works with her husband as a dispatcher, said they played Powerball for years in other states before Oklahoma made the game available.  She said they plan to continue playing the lottery because it benefits education.

The winning ticket was purchased at a Shell station in Roland, Oklahoma, located at 124 Ray Fine Blvd. Roland is a community of about 3,000 people, six miles from Muldrow , Oklahoma , near the Arkansas border. The winning numbers drawn were: 9, 11, 13, 24, 43 and the Powerball was 18 with a Power Play number of 4.          

This is the second jackpot winning Powerball ticket sold in Oklahoma .  The WJW Investment Trust claimed the first jackpot of $101.8 million in August 2006.

Net proceeds of all lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education.  More than $125.4 million has been contributed to education since November 2004.


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