A winning ticket has been presented in the record Powerball lottery, Arizona officials said Friday, but the identity of the lucky player will remain secret for a while.
Officials have scheduled a news conference at 3 p.m. local time in Phoenix to discuss the winning ticket -- one of two in the nation -- but the winner will not be present, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Lottery told the Los Angeles Times by telephone.
The ticket, purchased at a convenience store in Fountain Hills, near Phoenix, is worth half of the $587.5-million jackpot.
The winner has already decided to take the immediate cash option, the lottery official said. That works out to $192 million.
During the news conference, officials will discuss some background information, such how the person felt when learning of the win, the lottery spokeswoman said.