Lottery officials announced on Sunday that a $429 Million Powerball ticket was sold in New Jersey. The lucky winner has yet to come forward to claim the ticket.
The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9. Only one ticket matched all six numbers and is said to have been sold at a 7-Eleven store in New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton, in Mercer County. It was purchased as a cash ticket and the winner’s share of the jackpot is valued at $284 Million (It’s worth the full $429.6 Million if the winner opts for an annuity to be paid over the course of 29 years).
Marcelo Chilel, who works at the store the winning ticket was sold, reacted to the news stating “We have never had a winning ticket this big, not even close.” Chilel said he and his colleagues are “amazed” that it happened. “It’s great that they got it here,” he added after originally hearing about the winning ticket being sold in Mercer County and thinking to himself, it would be great if the ticket was sold where he works!
Chilel said a lot of lottery trade happens at his store, especially during huge Powerball draws. The store’s owner, Andrea Shin, who collected $30,000 for selling the prize wining ticket, said she suspects the winner is one of her regular customers.
New Jersey Lottery executive director, Carole Hedinger, also commented on the news stating, “Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event. Congratulations to the ticketholder(s) and to the retailer who sold it.” 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.”
The winner has one year to claim their ticket. We will bring you breaking news when the $429.6 Million Powerball jackpot winner comes forward to share their ecstatic reaction to the win!