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Published June 12, 2009, 04:25 PM

Powerball winner a hard man to find

MISSION, S.D. (AP) - News outlets have tried to put together as much information as they can on 23-year-old Neal Wanless, who is pocketing $88.5 million, courtesy of a big Powerball win.

MISSION, S.D. (AP) - News outlets have tried to put together as much information as they can on 23-year-old Neal Wanless, who is pocketing $88.5 million, courtesy of a big Powerball win.

But not much is known about the young rancher, who lives in a remote part of south central South Dakota. A Mitchell newspaper, The Daily Republic, has received letters and e-mails from people trying to reach the winner.

A single mom from Texas, a Maine woman who's had some hard luck, a Utah man who proposes a land deal and others are among those who want to talk with Wanless.

Letters also are arriving at the post office in Mission. Postmaster Kathy Bryan says she has a couple small boxes of mail for Wanless to pick up. Bryan says she's sure there will be quite a bit of mail for him before all is said and done.

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