Ex-Pa. man claims Powerball prize
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 10:06 p.m.
PHOENIX — The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.
The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.
Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now and not in the next calendar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.
Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was “a typical kid” who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father, Ray, with the news.
“My husband, he just can't get over it,” said Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee. “It's his son.”
He told his father “they're out of sight and they would contact him,” she said.
No one answered the door on Monday at Good's home, which has a tile roof and desert landscaping.
Property records showed that Good paid $289,900 for the 2,500-square-foot home in September 2011. The real estate listing describes the house as having gorgeous mountain views, vaulted ceilings, a backyard with an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage.
“You can't beat them for neighbors,” said retired police officer Jerry Meltzer, who lives across the street.
Good previously issued a statement that said: “It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes. Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy.”
Charlotte Good said she helped raise Matt from the age of 5 — after his biological mother had died of cancer — and until his late teens, when he moved in to the house next door to live with his ailing grandfather.
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