Thursday, May 29, 2003

Ky. computer programmer claims $9.6 lottery jackpot

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A Kentucky man on Wednesday claimed the $9.6 million Lotto South jackpot he won more than two weeks ago, lottery officials said.

William Ball, 53, of Lexington met with lottery officials Tuesday morning in Louisville. Ball won the May 10 Lotto South drawing. He chose the cash option, claiming about $5.4 million, lottery officials said.

"I had a lot of questions about investing and taxes that I wanted to get answered," said Ball, who works as a computer programmer for Lexmark. "I talked to knowledgeable people to get some sound advice before making any hasty decisions."

Ball, who is one year shy of retiring, said he'll continue to work for the Lexington-based company. He said he plans to buy a house and a car with his winnings.

"You never think you're going to win, but you play anyway and hope you will. I got lucky," Ball said.

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