Powerball ticket worth $1M sold in Kentwood

8:15 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Lottery says two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each were sold in the state as people sought the game's big jackpot.

The Lottery says the tickets matching five numbers drawn Wednesday night but not the Powerball were sold at a liquor store in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood and a CVS pharmacy in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

The Kentwood location was East Paris Discount Liquor at 2871 E. Paris SE. Store Owner Tanya Azer and her family bought tickets for Wednesdays game. On Thursday morning, when the lottery commission called them with the news that a million dollar ticket had been sold there, they rushed into work. "Of course, we all came and checked our tickets first, cause we all played and we were happy to know someone won." It's the fourth "big winner" at East Paris Discount Liquor.

There was a $17 million Mega-Millions winner in 2002, an $8 million Classic Lotto winner in 2006. Last month, there was a $110,000 fantasy five winner. Now, a $1 million Powerball winner. For selling the $1 million ticket, East Paris Discount Liquor gets $2,000.

Azer says they have not heard from the winner and have no idea who it might be. The person has yet to claim their prize through the Lottery Commission in Lansing.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6. Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $579.9 million jackpot.


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