Winning $188.9 million Powerball ticket sold in Arizona

FILE - Powerball ticket in hand (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Lottery officials say a winning ticket for Wednesday’s $188.9 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Arizona.

The Arizona Lottery said Thursday that the ticket was purchased in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

Officials did not say if anyone has stepped forward to claim it.

State lawmakers earlier this year passed a bill that would shield lottery winners’ identities. But the legislation won’t take effect until next month.

Under the bill, winners’ names would be withheld for 90 days after they claim their prizes.

Supporters say it will give winners time to get financial advice and make security arrangements.

The bill was proposed after an Arizona man won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November 2012. The man’s name was released under state public records law.

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