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2 Couples Claim $340 Million US, Second-Biggest Jackpot In U.S. Lottery History

8 November 2005

SALEM, Oregon -- As reported by the Associated Press: "A family that parlayed $40 worth US of tickets into the second-biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history came forward Tuesday to claim their $340 million prize.

"'I'm still in disbelief that we won the big one,' said Frances Chaney, 68, who went in on the Powerball ticket with her husband Bob, 72, their daughter and daughter's husband. The Powerball numbers were drawn on Oct. 19, but the four waited to claim their winnings at Oregon Lottery headquarters until they consulted with tax and financial advisers, said the Chaneys' son-in-law, Steve West, 48.

"Frances Chaney said she checked lottery numbers on the Internet on the night of the drawing, and was shocked to see they had the winning numbers.

"She woke up her husband, and then called her daughter, Carolyn West, 47, to break the news. She said Steve West didn't believe it at first..."

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