Houston man claims Powerball prize worth $1 million

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Texas Lottery said a man who purchased a ticket in the Houston area is now a millionaire.

The ticket matching five out of five numbers was sold at a food mart on Heights Boulevard.

Phillip A. Pyle II of Houston claimed a second-tier Powerball prize worth $1 million.

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After September 1, a new law will make it so that Texas Lottery winners can remain anonymous. That's only for those who win jackpots of a $1 million or more.

However, if a winner decides on payment installments, then his or her name can be made public.

Opponents of this law say that it will hurt ticket sales and reduce the Texas Lotto commission's transparency.

SEE ALSO: New Texas laws go in effect on Sept. 1

Meanwhile, there was no Powerball jackpot winner, so the pot climbs to $356 million.

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