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‘It’s unbelievable.’ $396.9 million Powerball ticket sold in Bonita Springs

A $396.9 million Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs in January 2020. Fort Myers News-Press

A 7-Eleven near the beaches of Bonita Springs has a claim to fame — selling a winning Powerball ticket worth $396.9 million.

“Everybody’s very excited,” franchise owner Nour Obeissy said. “(Regulars) are happy for the store and the Bonita Springs area.”

One lucky person bought the winning ticket at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night, just a few hours before the drawing, at the 7-Eleven store on Bonita Beach Road. The store is one of the last places to stock up on food and drink before hitting the beaches, drawing in both tourists and regulars.

The winning Powerball lottery ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, 4520 Bonita Beach Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The person, who has not come forward, won $396.9 million, up from the estimated $394 million. (Photo: Andrew West/The News-Press)

The lucky numbers were 9-12-15-31-60 and the Powerball was 2, according to a Florida Lottery news release.

The winner, who has yet to come forward, has 180 days to claim the prize and has the option to take a lump sum cash payment of $274 million instead of yearly payments.

In addition to the Florida winner, a $1 million ticket was sold in Ohio and another in Virginia.

Thursday morning was busy at the Bonita Springs convenience store. One customer waved around a Powerball ticket with a smile, claiming he “won the jackpot,” before cashing in his ticket for a $5 prize. Others who stopped by gave a curious look at the posters that declare the location as the seller of the jackpot ticket.

Bonita Springs resident Paul Watson walked out of the convenience store Thursday morning with a coffee and some snacks. He said he lives in a nearby house.

The person bought the winning ticket at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night, just a few hours before the drawing, at the 7-Eleven store on Bonita Beach Road.

$1M Powerball Winner In Maryland, Ticket Sold at 7-Eleven In Crofton

CROFTON, Md. (WJZ) — Check your tickets! Someone who bought a ticket at the 7-Eleven in Crofton won $1 million during the Powerball lottery drawing Wednesday.

The winning numbers to match were 23, 26, 27, 28, 66; and the Power Ball was 11. The Crofton ticket holder matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball.

Maryland Lottery officials said the winner should sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place until they claim their winnings. They have 182 days to claim their winnings at the lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore.

But, lottery officials said all players should check their tickets closely — because more than 10,500 people had a winning ticket in the state. Winners could claim anything from $4 and up, as Powerball has 9 different winning levels.

Since no one won the $60 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, it rolled to $70 million for the Saturday, Nov. 16 drawing. That’s a cash option of $47 million.

It’s the third Powerball win in Maryland this year.

A Clear Spring man bought a $1 million winning ticket at Dual Highway BP in Hagerstown for the Feb. 20 drawing; and a Newburg man bought a $1 million winning ticket at Ole McDonnell’s Country Store in Newburg for the March 9 drawing.

For selling the ticket, the 7-Eleven store located at 2129 Defense Highway in Crofton earns a $2,500 bonus from the Lottery.

Check your tickets! Someone who bought a ticket at the 7-Eleven in Crofton won $1 million during the Powerball lottery drawing Wednesday.