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Powerball Jackpot Dispute Settled

March 5, 1999 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A convenience store clerk whose lottery winnings were jeopardized by a fight over who owned the ticket will get his millions after all.

Iowa Lottery officials said Tim Schultz and his coworker, Sarah Elder, had resolved their disagreement over the $15.9 million Powerball won Feb. 10.

Elder withdrew any claim of ownership to the winning ticket Schultz presented, officials said Thursday, the day before a scheduled court hearing.

Iowa Lottery Commissioner Ed Stanek said details of the agreement between the two would not be revealed until Schultz filed papers regarding a trust set up for the money. Attorneys for the two could not be reached for comment.

Schultz, a 21-year-old community college student, was working with Elder at a suburban Des Moines convenience store on Feb. 10 when he sold himself the winning ticket for the Powerball drawing that night.

Elder, 20, later came forward to claim half ownership of the winning ticket, putting the entire jackpot in jeopardy as questions arose over the legality of the sale.

Iowa law prohibits anyone younger than 21 from buying lottery tickets but doesn’t bar them from collecting jackpots if somebody else pays.

Lottery officials said Elder and Schultz both put 50 cents toward the price of the $1 ticket, but it is not clear whether that meant there had been a ticket sale to an underage person.

Schultz wrote ``Sarah + Tim’s″ on the front of the ticket. However, Stanek has said Schultz was not questioned about it when he claimed the jackpot because it is the back of the ticket, where the person claiming the prize must sign, that matters.