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Powerball winner gets his ‘ducks in a row,’ claims $2.6 million

Ronald Meier’s Quick Pick correctly matched five numbers in the Oct. 29 draw: 48, 28, 59, 25 and 57, missing only the Powerball number of 16, according to a California Lottery news release. Bee file photo.
Ronald Meier’s Quick Pick correctly matched five numbers in the Oct. 29 draw: 48, 28, 59, 25 and 57, missing only the Powerball number of 16, according to a California Lottery news release. Bee file photo. RBenton@sacbee.com

Most people wouldn't wait three months to claim winnings of more than $2.6 million, but the man who held the winning ticket in the Oct. 29 Powerball drawing told California Lottery officials he wanted to be sure he had all his ducks lined up before coming forward.

The man who won $2,643,793 with a ticket purchased in West Sacramento was identified Tuesday as Ronald Meier.

Meier purchased his ticket at the ARCO ampm at 847 West Harbor Blvd. His Quick Pick correctly matched five numbers in the Oct. 29 draw: 48, 28, 59, 25 and 57, missing only the Powerball number of 16, according to a California Lottery news release.

“I thought to myself, ‘I can retire now,’” Meier said in a written statement.

Now that he has claimed the winnings, Meier reportedly told lottery officials that he anticipates taking vacations.

Meier wasn’t the only winner. The retailer who sold the winning ticket received a bonus of $13,218.96.

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is $261 million.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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