For a brief moment, one of the two men who run Food R Us convenience store in Palm Springs, Florida, had their hands on a slip of paper worth $40 million.
Then they passed it to one of their customers.
The small, neighborhood store on Congress Avenue sold the sole winning ticket for Saturday's Florida Lotto jackpot.
"The winning numbers passed through our hands," said Raj "Sam" Savdas, who managers the store with Nicholas Azavedo. "We are wishing them good luck. We have a lot of good customers who keep coming and playing."
As of Saturday evening, no one had claimed the prize. And no one had visited the store claiming to be the winner.
Azavedo, the store's assistant manager, said many of the store's customers live in the Palm Springs neighborhood west of Congress. But because Food R Us is located on busy Congress Avenue, Azavedo said the winner may have just been passing by.
"Nobody knows when they bought the ticket," Azavedo said. "We wish him good luck and God bless."
Food R Us sold 1,500 tickets for Saturday night's drawing, Azavedo said. The winning numbers picked Saturday were 13-15-18-22-29-44.
News that Food R Us sold the winning ticket spread slowly Saturday as customers trickled into the store.
West Palm Beach resident Randy Cox rarely plays the lottery. He said he was going to buy a lotto ticket from the store last week, but decided against it because he was in a hurry.
"I should have," Cox lamented. "I wish it would have been me."
The store will receive a $45,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Savdas he wasn't sure what he was going to do with the money yet, but said he planned to use it for "something good."
"We are going to use it somewhere," Savdas said.
Saturday's winning ticket was at least the fifth winner sold in Palm Beach County since the beginning of last year.
In addition to Saturday's jackpot winner, 180 tickets matched five numbers to win $4,891.50; 11,286 tickets matched four numbers for $63; and 226,143 tickets matched three to win $4.
Recent Lotto winners in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast
- April: Cumberland Farms store in Port St. Lucie sells one of two winning $82 million jackpot tickets.
- December: Phillip Martin bought a ticket worth $46 million in Okeechobee County.
- April 2005: Two of three winning tickets for a $6 million jackpot were sold in Palm Beach County, one in Boynton Beach and the other in Greenacres.
- March 2005: Perry Orens, a Boca Raton-area resident, bought a quick pick Florida Lotto ticket worth $10 million at the Publix on St. Andrews Boulevard.