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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.

“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.”

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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Exact location of sale of winning ticket was kept a secret until proper security measures were in place, officials said

Check your numbers! $1-million Powerball tickets sold at NJ 7-Eleven, Wawa

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HADDONFIELD, New Jersey (WPVI) — While a Maryland ticket won Wednesday’s $731 million Powerball jackpot, some South Jersey players will still get some cash.

Tickets worth $1-million were sold at a Camden County 7-Eleven and at a Gloucester County Wawa.

So check your tickets if you bought them at these locations:

– Camden County: 7-Eleven #16158, 615 North Haddon Ave., Haddonfield;
– Gloucester County: Wawa #951, 856 Mantua Park, Woodbury Heights;

A third $1-million ticket was sold at an Exxon in Middlesex County.

The $731.1 million ticket was sold in a struggling coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove.

Someone bought it at Coney Market, a convenience store in the Allegany County town of Lonaconing, the Maryland Lottery announced on Thursday. The store will get a $100,000 bonus for selling the ticket to the fifth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

It had been more than four months since anyone won the Powerball, allowing the game’s jackpot to grow so large. An even larger Mega Millions jackpot will be up for grabs Friday night.

Just who will collect the Powerball prize may never be known: Maryland is one of the states that allow winners to remain anonymous.

But keeping quiet about such a huge windfall could prove difficult if the ticket was bought by a local. Lonaconing (pronounced LOH-nah-koh-ning) is a town of about 300 families that’s well off the beaten track, with a poverty rate of more than 22 percent, well above the national average.

“We’re really happy for somebody,” Richard Ravenscroft, the store’s owner, told The Associated Press by phone. “I can’t wait to congratulate the person. I just hope whoever has won it uses it wisely and that other people benefit from it.”

The lottery ticket is a big win for a town that has a long history of losses, from the iron furnace that closed in 1855 to the glassworks that were shuttered in the early 1900s, to the coal-mining jobs that virtually disappeared after World War II. Periodic floods along Georges Creek have been devastating, and local streams carry acid from abandoned mines.

Ravenscroft said there is still some strip mining in the area, although that’s winding down because of environmental concerns, and the remaining factory, a pulp and paper company, shut down recently after going through a series of buyouts. Another company is coming in that plans to hire about 200 people to make something out of wood chips, he said.

Another positive headline came in 2001, when the town finally got a library after a local fundraising drive. It holds a most valuable player trophy awarded the town’s previous biggest winner, Robert Moses Grove, who pitched nine seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics and eight with the Red Sox. Lefty Grove was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947, and died in 1975.

Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove, Philadelphia Athletics star hurler with a 20-6 record in 1929, is shown in this 1929 photo.

Coney Market, named for what locals call their town, is in a century-old building along Maryland’s Route 36, which was designated a Coal Heritage Route in an attempt to attract tourists. It draws its share of regulars, who can eat hamburgers and submarine sandwiches in a small seating area.

Ravenscroft wants to expand the store’s kitchen and serve real meals, like mashed potatoes and gravy. Perhaps the bonus can help with that.

The Powerball jackpot came only a day after nobody won the $970 million Mega Millions prize, the third-largest prize in U.S. history.

Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

It was the first time both lottery jackpots topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

No one had won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months. Such a long stretch without a winner is rare but also reflects the incredibly small odds of winning – 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

Maryland lottery director Gordon Medenica told the AP he’s not surprised when people overcome the odds and hit a giant jackpot, because thousands of people win smaller prizes after every drawing. The chances of winning something are about one in 25.

“The fact is, people win all the time. Clearly the focus is on the big jackpot and that’s what motivates people to play the game, but they come back and keep playing because there are so many other ways to win,” Medenica said.

The prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option, paid over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $716.3 million and $546.8 million for Wednesday’s Powerball. After the Powerball win, the new jackpot has a $15 million cash value.

Prizes are subject to federal taxes, and most states take a cut as well.

Mega Millions and Powerball are played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is offered in Puerto Rico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tickets worth $1-million were sold at a Camden County 7-Eleven on North Haddon Avenue and at a Wawa in Woodbury Heights, Gloucester County. ]]>