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Flanagan store gets $10,000 for selling $1M Powerball ticket

Published: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 9:58 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — FLANAGAN — Rockey Patel, manager of Bart's Supermarket on Illinois 116 in Flanagan, sold 200 to 300 Powerball tickets on Wednesday.

While none of them matched all the winning numbers and the Powerball to take the $587.5 million jackpot, one of the tickets sold there matched five numbers -- meaning the ticket holder will receive $1 million.

And, that means Bart's Supermarket will get $10,000.

"We'll use it to pay bills," said Patel, whose cousin owns the supermarket.

Over the years, the store has sold tickets that paid out $2,500 and even $5,000, he said Thursday morning.

"This is the first one over $5,000," he said.

Patel learned of the news when a customer called at 6 a.m. He checked the lottery website and found out it was true -- although the website misspelled the store's name.

"I've had a lot of people call me to say congratulations," he said, adding he has no idea who bought the winning ticket. Because the supermarket is on a highway, it could have been a traveler passing by.

As of early morning, no one had come forward to claim the prize.

It was one of two $1 million tickets sold in Illinois; the other was sold in Fairmont near Joliet.

Two luckier ticket holders -- one in Arizona and another in Missouri -- woke up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires. They had the only two tickets that matched all six numbers to win the record jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night, for the second-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.

The cash payout was $385 million.

In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot. That remains the largest lottery payout of all time.

Neither winning ticket holder in Wednesday's drawing had come forward Thursday.

One ticket was sold at a Trex Mart convenience store in Dearborn, Mo., a small town about 35 miles north of Kansas City, said the state lottery commission. The other was purchased at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix.

The winners have 180 days to claim their share in the prize money.

Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in the run-up to Wednesday's drawing. Tickets sold at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide -- about six times the volume from a week ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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