|Million dollar Powerball ticket sold in Flanagan|
|Written by Allie Maher, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2012 20:03|
An Illinois vendor was a part of the Powerball action in November when it sold a $1 million winning ticket.
Bart’s Supermarket in Flanagan sold a ticket with five matching numbers resulting in a $1 million winner.
Located northeast of Bloomington-Normal in Livingston County, the supermarket sold between 200 and 300 Powerball tickets on Monday, Nov. 26, Rockey Patel, manager of Bart’s, said.
The sale of the ticket means that Bart’s will receive a 1 percent commission of $10,000, Patel added.
“It [the $10,000] will be used to pay bills,” Patel said.
Patel heard of the news when he started receiving calls at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
“When I woke up people were calling and calling me, so I went online and found out that we sold the ticket,” he said.
The supermarket sells winning tickets often, but this was the first one with a prize exceeding $5,000.
“We have a lot of winning tickets — people win $100, $500 every week. It’s a lucky location.”
Luck seems to be required to win, as the Multi-State Lottery Association states the odds for winning a $1 million prize are one in five million.
Bart’s, which is situated on Illinois 116, gets a lot of its traffic from travelers, he said, adding that a lot of people on the highway stop in the store and buy tickets.
According to Patel, over the weekend two people came forward with the winning $1 million ticket. Tentatively, a press conference with the winners will take place Thursday. Until then, he said he could not disclose their names.
The two winners hold one of two $1 million winning tickets in Illinois. The other was sold in Fairmont in Will County.
The record $550 million Powerball jackpot on Nov. 27 was split between two winning tickets — one sold in Arizona and one sold in Missouri.
The Arizona ticket has not been claimed, though according to an AP article, the winner may have been caught on a surveillance tape confirming his numbers in a Maryland convenience store.
Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., population 500, were two of the winning ticket holders, according to the official Powerball website.
The couple claimed their prize Friday, Nov. 28 at a press conference in Missouri. They have three grown children and one adopted daughter.