Kentucky lottery officials have identified the store that sold the state's largest Powerball jackpot winning ticket over the weekend, but no one has claimed the prize as of Monday morning.
ProTravel Marathon, located at 102 Success Drive in Georgetown, sold the only winning jackpot ticket for Saturday's drawing, Kentucky's first since December 2007, when a Bullitt County man claimed a $33.6 million prize.
"It feels great," Marathon store owner Jack Zakir said. He said he probably sold the ticket on Christmas Eve because he had the most ticket sales on that day. Many of his customers are repeat lottery players he has forged friendships with over the past five years so he hopes that the winner is one of his regulars.
Lottery spokesman Chip Polston said no on has called regarding the winner of the ticket. In some cases where Kentucky residents have won large jackpots, Polston said the initial shock of winning causes the ticketholder to hold on to the ticket for a few days before coming forward.
He said it's too hard to predict when the winner may come forward. "The person could just walk into our lobby," Polston said Monday morning.
The largest jackpot won in Kentucky had been $89.3 million in January 1996.
The cash option for Saturday's ticket is an estimated $63 million. The winning numbers Saturday were: 32-36-37-41-53, with the Powerball 30.
Players should check their tickets, sign the back if it is the winner and call (502) 560-1500.
I buy my tickets at the Scottdale, PA Marathon !
I'd like to see that store sell the winner !
It's nice to see someone out in the boonies win for a change. Sometimes it seems like you have to live in a big city in a big state to hit the jackpot. This just goes to show that it can happen and does happen. Now if it would just happen in the backwoods of East TN...
WOW CONGRATS TO THE WINNER.......I WAS REALLY EYEING FOR THAT MONEY....NOW WHAT????
102 SUCCESS drive must be at the corner of Prosperity lane! LOL
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Happy New Year! from Hard Luck, Alaska
Kentucky!? again?! that really fries my chicken!
No Store that I ever played in has sold a big winner that I know of except that I visited a few after they sold winners. I used to play at Broadway Boys but they are now a ELE7VEN and I haven't been there yet. It would be handy to know how many Stores there are and what their sales volume is i.e. to calculate the odds of yours having the winner.
Georgetown, Kentucky is in the heart of horse country and after the lottery was notified by a lawyer that his firm was representing the winner, there was speculation that the winner might be in this country illegally. However today the winner finally went to lottery headquarters to claim his prize and told a pretty neat story about how he purchased the winning ticket.
I'll wait to give the details because Todd will probably post the entire story later.