Arizona’s $588 Million Powerball Winner Comes Forward

Paul Horner from Arizona is the world record Powerball $588 million winner.Phoenix, AZ— This morning lottery officials were pleased to announce that one of the two winners in last night’s Powerball drawing has come forward. That lucky person is Paul Horner from Fountain Hills, Arizona. He is one of the two winners in Wednesday’s record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Mr. Horner won by correctly matching all five numbers and then also the Powerball.

Mr. Horner was ecstatic when he arrived at the Phoenix Lottery Office this morning says lottery official Debbie Arnette. “He had a smile from ear to ear. He was screaming at the top of his lungs that he had won, it was quite a sight to see,” Arnette says. “Then after we verified the winning ticket and finalized everything, we learned that Mr. Horner was homeless. He said the night before he had been sleeping on a park bench and was begging for change.” Arnette continued, “He told us that his wife had left him and took the kids to Wyoming after he lost his job at a meat packing factory in Phoenix last January. It made me tear up, what can I say, I’m a softy. This will truly be a rags to riches story.”

Horner talked to reporters telling them of his plans for his new found wealth and how he had picked the winning numbers. “First of all, I hope my wife will take me back and I can be with my kids again. That’s really all I want,” Horner said. “I’ve seen first hand how it is out there on the streets. I plan to give a lot of that money back to help others in need.” Horner continued, “As for how I picked the numbers, it was really easy. My youngest son Tim is five years old, my daughter Stephanie is 16, I married my wife when I was 22 and she was 23, and the 29th is the date when I planned to win all these millions,” Horner laughs for a moment, but that laughter quickly turns to tears. “And the number 6 is how many kids my wife and I had planned to have before she left me.”

“He came in smelling of malt liquor and a strong odor of what I believe to be marijuana,” says 41-year-old Monica Lanter who was at the Phoenix Lottery Office when Horner arrived with the winning ticket. “I heard one of the employees ask Mr. Horner if he was going to have a $500 million crack party, just like that one episode from the Chappelle Show. I didn’t think that was very nice or funny whatsoever.”

The winning numbers in last night’s drawing were 5-16-22-23-29 with a Powerball of 6. A total of two winning tickets were sold in the November 28th Powerball drawing. The other winning ticket, besides the one Mr. Horner purchased in Arizona, is from the state of Missouri. The winners from Missouri came forward earlier today. The odds of winning last night’s Powerball drawing were 1 in 175,223,510.00. The Phoenix Lottery Office is located at 4740 E. University Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85034 and is open Monday - Friday, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Comments

  1. This is a heart warming story. Glad to hear it was a guy like this that won.

  2. I hope he reunites with his family :)

    • Of course his wife will take him back now… He’s got millions of dollars. If it was me I’d peace out to the Bahamas. F*ck that bitch

      • I have to agree.MONEY will buy you whatever you want.If she left because of NO JOB, thats pretty dang LOW and says alot about her.She is a gold digger.

      • Ferndogg420 says:

        And thats whats up!!! I think he should go make his 6 kids, but……with 6 differant women! LOL!!! BANG, BANG, BANG!!! And if she did take him back, we already know what time it is.

  3. So, the bitch leaves him, and now will probably take him back because of all his new wealth. What a sucker

  4. Sheila Winters says:

    I hope he gets back with his wife and kids…. I don’t care what anyone here thinks. Family above all. Praise Jesus!

    • it would be nice if JESUS would take this money and DOLE IT OUT to him some at a time because a year from now, he and his wife will have gone thru the money and she will be GONE again.

    • Ferndogg420 says:

      Apparently she didn’t feel that way!!! He should get some custody rights and definately take care of that child support. lol

  5. Take the money and run dude!

  6. Captain Obvious says:

    Maybe his kids will get some of that money in a month when he’s lying in a gutter dead with a needle in his arm.

    • You are a vile and disgusting person! It sounds like he’s just going through a tough time. We’ve all been there. Who are you to judge?

      • the key words here are liquor and marijuana,put those 2 words together and that money is G-O-N-E very quickly…as the song says–a fool and his money can go saperate ways

        • I think it is wonderful that a person who is homeless won the money!! It is better than someone who is already a millionaire. He only wants his family back. Hard times caused by finances can tear a family apart!! That does not mean she is a gold digger. Maybe she done what was best for her children at the time! I hope that instead of giving it away, that he invest his money into a business that he can hire people to give them a chance to provide for there family. People need to stop and think that the average person could lose there job and be homeless in a short period of time. Cuz, when you can’t pay, they boot you out when you can’t pay your bills. There are many different reasons why people become homless! I just wish I would win so I could help all the people in the usa who have children that go hungry at night. Who can’t afford to buy there Mom a hearing aid. Who have lost a loved one and no money to bury them. people who can’t afford to buy there children a pair of shoes, gloves socks jeans, dresses. It’s a shame they don’t make the winnings smaller and spread it out so that more people can win a fair amount of money. Instead of 1 person winning milliions. Congrats to you for winning!!! Spend it wisely!!! And enjoy!


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  8. I truly hope he uses this money to get clean and sober… and get back with his family. It could be a Christmas miracle!

    • Walter White says:

      What the f*ck kind of world do you think we live in Victoria? This guy will end up blowing all this money on hookers and smack and be dead within a month. Merry Christmas.

      • victoria probably gives every bum she sees $10 thinking that will get them back in a nice home and make a great living.WELL most of the ones you see with the WILL WORK FOR FOOD signs take in about a HUNDRED dollars a day CASH

        • It would have been nice to hear him say “Thank you” to those people who gave him the money that he used to buy alcohol and lottery tickets.

      • hyron duff says:

        Sowhat it’s his to blow

  9. I hope they do a documentary on this Paul Horner fellow that won… see where he’s at in 30 days. Is he dead? Is he with his family? This would be a good reality TV show.

    • yep!.. liquor and drugs going on, that money will be GONE in less than a year and so will he.

      • Poor Jack, you are the biggest hater of them all, why say things like that about Mr. Horner, you are just mad you could’nt blow that money on liquor and drugs your self.

  10. hyron duff says:

    Yall really sound like some haters just cause he is homeless doesn’t make
    him a crackhead you didn’t win it wasn’t for you it was meant for him a
    much needed blessing anybody that won and doesn’t want to be with their family is a a$$h®le

  11. Sarah Peters says:

    Good for this guy! I hope he gets everything he wants in life :)

  12. This is a pretty cool story! I wish this man nothing but the best in life. I hope he returns to his family and gets sober. God bless.

  13. This is a touching story and kept me entertained

  14. I find it hard to believe a homeless person was living in Fountain Hills. It’s completely separated from any major areas by mountains and it’s a rich suburb, like the Beverly Hills of Phoenix.

  15. Im so happy for him. I hope he can reunite with his family!

  16. Unfortunately this will not end well. If he was smart he would have stayed anonymous by proxy through an LLC and a team of accountants and attorneys.
    You could keep an amazing team on retainer and it would be wise to do so.
    But since he came out like a fool and broad casted his wealth the ghosts of his past will literally come out of the woodwork, palms open.
    Wish him the best I do but… yeah.
    Good luck, you’ll need it.

  17. STAGGGEDDD……

    if this aint evidence that the lotto if FIXED, then I don’t know what is!

    think about it…

    they let this homeless guy win, that way the masses think it’s real. Then they buy more tickets for next time. ya the rags to riches story, but what it really is is it’s throwing the dog a bone, so they can still believe the master still loves them and is fair to them.

    This is propaganda 101. He didn’t really win. But they used him as a patsy winner so that all the low income people will now buy more tickets for next time!

    IT’S TOTAL AND COMPLETE HOG WASH!

  18. Who wants to bet he blows through the money and winds up homeless again?

  19. He should take the kids and invest 50 million in making sure the whore ends up homeless and alone

  20. Wendy Summers says:

    I hope this man reunites with his family. What a touching story. I agree with the man above who talked about a documentary or story on this guy

  21. I wish him well in getting sober and reuniting with his family. It would be a Christmas miracle!

  22. thisguychad says:

    Some of these posts are really mean. This guy just wants to reunite with his family. I wish him nothing but the best! :)

    • Ferndogg420 says:

      She should have stuck by his side. Thru the good times and the bad!!! Not drive him to be totally in the dumps.

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  24. I hope this man’s wife takes him back and they have the 6 kids that he always wanted. Such a great story!

  25. I wish him all the best…..these are often the people who are least equipped to deal with immediate wealth and end up making foolish choices. I hope that he gets a good financial advisor (not Goldman Sachs) and keeps a sane head. His life is never going to be the same after this. I bet his wife is kicking herself!

  26. His wife left him. I assure you that she will at least come back to take her half since there is no mention of divorce. I do hope that is not the case and he gets what he wants. Being the way he picked his numbers I think there is hope. Maybe she still loves him and only left because she had to for the sake of the children not having a father that could take care of them financially at the time. Well he can now. Best wishes for him.

  27. greenmom3 says:

    For those saying he’ll blow it all in a month and be dead… shame on you!!! Just because ur a sore lose will end up er doesn’t mean you have to be a hater!!! I’m pretty sure his wife will end up taking him back, especially if she left him because he wasn’t working. He does need to make sure he is financially protected from her though, just in case she only comes back for the money. As for the drugs and alcohol? We don’t know if he has a. Prescription and honestly, if I won that much money, I’d prolly have thrown back a couple shots to celebrate. Both out of happiness AND disbelief!!! I just hope he actually spends some of that money on charity like he says. Just because someone is homeless doesn’t mean they are a bad person. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE could be in his situation tomorrow. It doesn’t take much for someone to lose their home and family these days. Maybe if u were in his shoes you’d understand a little better. Yea, personally I’m kinda bummed I didn’t win, but I won’t let it eat at me and wish ill of those that did win. Every set of numbers has the same chance of winning. I’m just glad it was someone who needed the money. I watched one lady buy $500 worht of PowerBall on Wednesday and then her friend did the same right after her! Those are the types of ppl who don’t deserve to win. If u can blow that much cash on a chance, then u don’t need the money. Ppl just need to be happy for the fortunate ones. Getting upset and acting negativly towards those blessed just shows that you are a selfish and coldhearted ass!!! Get a life!!!

  28. I don’t think he will blow the money on booze and drugs. If you have never had to go without, then you don’t understand how far a little security can take you. If his family take him back, I think they will save each other.

  29. Newt mine says:

    PEOPLE ARE EXPRESSING SOME SERIOUS EMOTION HERE AND I DON’T BLAME THEM. GOOD LUCK HOMELESS GUY!

  30. Ok if he was the “REAL” winner then why haven’t the lottery officials stated that… I haven’t heard anything…..something is fishy.

  31. michelle a says:

    Lol he must be so happy right now lol im a person in need lol *joking* it woulb b a nice christmas present

  32. Jack Mehoff says:

    I hope he brushes his tooth and makes sweet love to his goat face looking wife!

  33. Deanna H. says:

    I would like to congratulate you Mr. Horner, please do what you feel is right for you and yours. Don’t worry about all these negative comments. Only you know first hand how life has been for you, so only you can make it better for yourself. Just let me address that their are a lot of family’s out there that are homeless as you were. Please help them out. Congrats again and god bless you.

  34. I wish this man the best of luck and hope he re-unites with his family!

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