One winning $314.9M Powerball ticket
From the National Desk
Published 12/26/2002 10:38 AM
HURRICANE, W.Va., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Christmas was just beginning Thursday for whoever holds the winning $314.9 million Powerball ticket.
The ticket for the record Powerball jackpot was purchased at the C&L Super Serve.
"I hope it's somebody around here that won, somebody locally, that way it would be a good Christmas present," Amy Trogdon, whose father owns the store, told CBS Radio News.
"I got a phone call from my father ... about 3:30 this morning. We're really excited. It's been hectic, really, really crazy. We're just waiting for the winner to come in."
The store will get 1 percent of the prize.
Though not immediately identified, the winner opted for a $170 million lump-sum payment, lottery officials said.
The winning numbers were 5, 14, 16, 29 and 53. The Powerball was 7.
The jackpot is the biggest ever won by a single ticket although the Big Game holds the record for largest jackpot -- $363 million won by ticket holders in Michigan and Illinois -- and the second-largest -- $331 million, split among three tickets.
Wednesday's jackpot had been building since Oct. 30.
Officials at the Multi-State Lottery had been predicting a $280 million Christmas Day jackpot but an unexpected run on tickets during the day Wednesday pushed the prize to record levels. Multi-State Lottery spokesman John Mahoney said lottery officials had expected ticket sales to be light Wednesday but convenience stores were inundated, with $11 million in tickets sold.
At the Shell Food Plaza off Interstate 94 just north of the Illinois border in Wisconsin, a line of cars snaked out of the parking lot as clerks punched tickets at a rapid clip.
"There's nothing to do but watch TV today," Mark Ocheda of Chicago told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in explaining why he made the trip across the border. On Tuesday, someone bought $1,000 in tickets at the outlet.
Nona Linden of Omaha, Neb., had been planning on taking Wednesday off.
"We would have been closed Christmas Day if the Powerball drawing wasn't tonight," Linden told the Omaha World-Herald. She opened J's Amoco in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for eight hours "for anyone wanting to buy a last chance."
Powerball is played in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.