Young struggling rancher claims US$232 M Powerball Lottery Jackpot
Neal Wanless, a 23 years old rancher, who lives with his mother and father on the family´s ranch near Mission, became the sole winner of the biggest undivided jackpot in U.S. lottery history — US $232 Million.
Neal’s family raises cattle, sheep and horses. Making ends meet has been a constant struggle for Neal’s family for ever since he can remember. They don´t own a phone, a mobile home of theirs was repossessed last year, and records show they have fallen US$ 3552 behind in their property taxes.
"I want to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this great fortune. I will not squander it," he promised, wearing a big black cowboy hat and a huge grin.
Neal bought $15 worth of tickets to the May 27 Powerball drawing. He will take home a lump sum of US $88.5 Million after taxes are deducted.
The younger Wanless told lottery officials that he spent the last week working on the ranch and that he intends to continue that lifestyle, albeit on a larger piece of land.
"My family has been helped by the community, and I intend to repay that help many times over," Neal said.