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Uncle Sam wants a word with Houston Powerball winner

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The owner of Stop By Market at 4040 Boone Road knew something was up Thursday morning.

He was greeted by news crews telling him a quick pick Powerball ticket was a million-dollar winner.

"Bought in my store," said Boing Choe who owns Stop By Market. "I don't know who it is not yet."

The store has had a few scratch-off ticket winners but nothing like this.

"I'm happy it was one of my customers who buy a winning ticket," Choe said.

The other million-dollar winning quick pick ticket from Houston was purchased at this Timewise Food store on FM 1960 in Humble.

In all, Texas had over 650,000 winners in Wednesday night's Powerball.

Four of those winners got five out of five numbers, winning a million dollars each.  Four other Texas winners each won $40,000.  More than 640,000 Texans won less than $10.

Of course, those new millionaires have to pay Uncle Sam.  If the winner is single, based on 2012 income tax winnings, they would lose about a third of their winnings to the tax man.

"Their total income tax that they would owe, $324,000," said CPA Bob Martin.

With the $676,000 left, the winner could pay cash for this house for sale in West University.  But again, dear old Uncle Sam has to get his.

"For example, that house might owe $15,000 a year in property taxes," Martin said.

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