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There's a huge winner in Winner.

The executive director of the South Dakota Lottery says an apparent winner of last night's 232.1 million dollar Powerball jackpot has contacted the lottery office.

South Dakota Lottery Executive Director Norm Lingle says the claim appears legitimate, but we won't find out who the winner is until that ticket has been verified.Multimedia Watch The Video There is plenty of time for that to happen, the lucky person has 180 days to come forward to claim the $232.1 million Powerball jackpot.

They'll be able to choose between 30 annual payments, or a one-time cash sum of more than $118,005,530 million dollars.

The winning ticket is the buzz of South Dakota and that even extends to lottery officials themselves.

Lingle got the call at about 10:40 p.m.

Wednesday."The eyes were getting a little heavy and certainly the heart started pumping when the notification came," Lingle said.Lingle was surprised because it's been three years since a Pierre couple became just the second Powerball winners ever in South Dakota.

This third jackpot ticket was sold at one of two convenience stores in Winner, Ampride or Lil' Feller.

We won't know which one until Winner's winner steps forward.

Norm Lingle has one piece of advice."Take your time," He said.

"There certainly is no hurry to come in and claim the prize.

This is certainly a life changing, life altering experience."Life altering to say the least.

To put it in perspective, if you laid out $232.1 million in $1 bills end-to-end, they would stretch 22,492 miles, nearly all the way around the world.

If you do the same with $100 bills, you could line Interstate 90 and US Highway 183 all the way from Sioux Falls to Winner.Speaking of winner, if you split the winning ticket between all 2,800 residents, they would each get more than $82,893.

of course the odds of being a winner are long...

roughly one in more than 195 million...

which is why the fact this winning ticket comes from winner is even more amazing."It's great," Lingle said.

"I mean, how often does something like this happen? I mean, a winner in Winner, South Dakota.

Like I said before, we're a small state.

We don't expect to have a lot of winners but when we do have that and it falls in Winner, what more can you ask for?"
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