7-Eleven that sold winning $429.6 million Powerball ticket revealed
Updated on: May 8, 2016 / 3:55 PM / CBS/AP
TRENTON, N.J. – Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday.
Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9.
Lottery officials in New Jersey said early Sunday that the winning ticket was sold in Mercer County. They later confirmed the ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on Chambers Street in Trenton.
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“Congratulations to 7-Eleven for selling this winning ticket and to the fortunate ticketholder who purchased the ticket,” said Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director. “We look forward to meeting the winner of this record-setting jackpot.”
The location was not initially disclosed until certain security procedures were completed, officials said.
“Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event. Congratulations to the ticketholder(s) and to the retailer who sold it,” New Jersey Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger said in a statement. “We expect that the winner or winners will take their time before claiming the prize and consult with the appropriate professionals that can assist them in navigating these unchartered waters. Certainly though, we will be anxiously awaiting the phone call.”
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Hedinger said the jackpot is the seventh-largest in Powerball jackpot history.
The jackpot Saturday had climbed to nearly $430 million, making the prize the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January that prompted some to wait in hourslong lines outside lottery retailers. But unlike Saturday night’s drawing, that jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.
Only one winning ticket will claim Saturday night’s prize, though it was not immediately known if that ticket was held by one person or multiple people. Cripe said a winner, or co-winners, electing a one-time cash payout will receive $284.1 million.
Several lottery players in New Jersey who don’t hold the winning ticket said Sunday that they wish the big winner well.
Among them was John Warren, who joked that he had all the winning numbers that were drawn. Unfortunately, he didn’t have more than two of them on any one of the $40 worth of tickets he had bought.
“I know I’m more likely to get hit by a bus or lightning than win a big jackpot like this one,” the Lakewood man said as he sipped a cup of coffee in a convenience store parking lot in Jackson Township. “But I was hoping to maybe win a couple hundred bucks or so in smaller prizes. Instead, I won $2, which paid for this coffee.”
Warren’s pal, Tommy Young, said he doesn’t play the lottery often. But he spent $5 this week.
“Not a winner in the bunch, not even close,” Young said. “But it was fun to think about cashing in the winning ticket.”
This isn’t the first time Powerball luck has struck in New Jersey. In 2013, a sole ticket claimed a $383 million Powerball jackpot.
Seven tickets from Saturday night’s drawing matched five numbers and claimed $1 million, including three in New York, two in Illinois and one apiece in California and Virginia.
Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.
First published on May 8, 2016 / 1:27 PM
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Cypress 7-Eleven sells $1.4 million Powerball lottery ticket
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A 7-Eleven store in Cypress sold a Powerball lottery ticket worth $1.4 million. The jackpot was $500 million. No winning tickets for the jackpot were sold in California, lottery officials said on their website.
A 7-Eleven store in Cypress sold a Powerball lottery ticket worth $1.4 million.
CYPRESS – A regular at the 7-Eleven scanned in her Powerball ticket Thursday afternoon as the store owner stood by in anticipation.
Could this be the $1.4 million winner?
“I should have won that because yesterday was my birthday,” said Patty Aska, 63, of Lakewood.
Aska might not have been the winner, but someone did buy a Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven on Lincoln Avenue and matched five out of six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing. That person, who hadn’t come forward, would pocket $1,428,692.
Wednesday’s Powerball drawing had three winners that matched all six numbers in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico. They’ll share in an estimated jackpot of $564.1 million, the fifth-largest in history.
The Cypress store was one of three retailers in California that sold tickets that matched every number but the Powerball number. The others were in Alameda and Mono counties.
On Thursday, the owner of the Cypress store, Ingeeta Jetalpuria, was jubilant.
Retailers that sell winning Powerball tickets of at least $1 million get a bonus of one half of 1 percent of the prize. In this case, that’s about $7,000.
Jetalpuria might even have persuaded someone Wednesday to buy – and win big.
“I was telling everyone if they weren’t buying a ticket, ‘Two bucks isn’t going to hurt you,’ and look what happened,” Jetalpuria said. “I hope I pushed someone to buy that ticket.”
Plus there’s the influx that comes with being considered a lucky retailer.
This is the second time her store has sold a ticket with a big payout. In November, the store sold aPowerball ticket with five matching numbers that won $960,667. After that, Jetalpuria saw a few new faces buying lottery tickets.
Allen Buma, 28, of San Francisco decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket and a Scratcher at the store after hearing about the previous night’s winner.
“I might as well try,” he said. “I just have a weird feeling I should try.”
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