DALLAS – (CBSDFW.COM) – No one in the Lone Star State took home the big $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. But four Texans, two in the Metroplex, will walk away with $1 million for matching five numbers.
Officials with the Texas Lottery Commission confirmed that one of the $1 million ‘quick pick’ tickets was sold at a QuikTrip convenience store on Mockingbird Lane, near Dallas Love Field. Another $1 million ticket was sold at the Horizon #1 convenience store in Decatur.
Regular customers of the Dallas location are dubbing it a ‘lucky store’ even though the winner did not take home the big prize. “There’s a winner here, so it’s luckier,” said customer Warren Leatham. Signs will go up on Thursday afternoon declaring the QuikTrip a winner, but the store will not get a dime. There is no bonus for Texas retailers when it comes to second-tier prizes.
The other Texas $1 million winning tickets were sold in Houston and Olmos Park, a San Antonio suburb.
Three tickets had all the numbers for the record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot. They were sold in California, Tennessee and Florida.
The California Lottery confirmed their winner a short time after the drawing.
The winning numbers drawn late Wednesday were 8, 27, 34, 4 and 19, with the Powerball of 10.
California is one of the majority of states that require lottery winners to be publicly identified if they want their money. Here in Texas, the names of lottery winners are also public record. But the winner doesn’t have to be an individual; it can be a trust. And that’s exactly what the Collin County winner of February’s $127 million Powerball jackpot did.
The attorney for the winner, Andrew Weber, explained, “My client’s main concern was that having suddenly become the winner of a fairly large sum of money… they had security and other concerns they wanted to know if they could remain anonymous.”
Leading up to last night’s record-breaking, $1.5 billion drawing, stores were selling $2,000 worth of tickets per second. “It was crazy,” said Craig Hestand, manager of the QuikTrip in Dallas. “Pretty much the whole day, the line was back to the fountain area. Most people knew what was going on.”
If last night’s drawing had rolled over, Saturday night’s Powerball jackpot would have been worth $2 billion.
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