Quarter-Billion Jackpot Claimed

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ Lottery officials say the Connecticut winner of a $254 million Powerball jackpot has stepped forward.

Officials haven’t announced the winner’s name yet. They were confirming information Monday morning, but say the jackpot check will be made payable to the Putnam Avenue Family Trust. No information on the trust is immediately available.

It’s been three weeks since officials announced that the winning ticket was sold in Fairfield County. Officials said Monday that the ticket was sold at the Shippan Point Getty station in Stamford.

The jackpot is the largest ever in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history.

A news conference is planned for later Monday.

The winner can claim a $254 million annuity paid over 29 years or a lump sum of nearly $152 million in cash.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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