Local couple identified as big Powerball winners - abc27 WHTM

Local couple identified as big Powerball winners

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You can't get better than Good; Matthew Good that is. Turns out, the Arizona man who won nearly $200 million from the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history is a native of Wormleysburg.

Good attended Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill. His wife is from Camp Hill.

Former neighbors like Tom Davis were shocked to hear the country's newest multi-millionaire is the "nice guy" who once lived next door in his quaint and quiet neighborhood.

"Is he really?," Davis yelled with surprise. "I'm so happy for him."

Davis said he watched Good grow up.

"To me, he was a wonderful person," he said. "He used to cut my grass. He was always around. He'd go for walks and stopped and talked. He cared about you."

On Monday, the Arizona Lottery released Good's identity after granting a Right-to-Know request from the Associated Press. Neighbors said the 37-year-old moved to Arizona about a year ago.

Just before the Nov. 28 Powerball drawing, lottery officials said Good bought $10 worth of tickets with a $20 bill. They said he was unaware he won until the next day, when he checked the tickets he had left in his car's sun visor.

One of two winners, Good grabbed half of the $587 million top prize and opted for the $192 million dollar lump sum payout. Uncle Sam will take $78 million, which will leave Good with about $114 million.

Good once lived a few houses away from Monica Pageler, who said they used to chat while shoveling snow. She was equally as surprised.

"Get outta here!" she said.

Unlike Missouri Powerball winner Cindy Hill who came forward last week, Good tried to keep his name a secret. He recently hired Harrisburg law firm Rhoads & Sinon to handle his winnings and media relations.

However, Arizona Lottery officials said the rules require they disclose identities to inquiring parties to ensure "lottery integrity." The Pennsylvania Lottery has the same rules. Only five states, according to Powerball, will keep your winnings mum; Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Kansas, and North Dakota.

Pageler said luck could not have struck a more deserving man.

"That's cool. That's neat," she said. "I'm happy for him."

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