$336M Powerball ticket sold at RI Stop & Shop
CRANSTON, R.I. -- The winning ticket in Saturday's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport, but no one has come forward yet to claim the prize, Rhode Island lottery officials said Monday.
“We're very excited to find out who it is, we don't know who, but I would really like to see who it is,” said Duane Maitland, the manager of Stop and Shop.
The lottery’s Powerball is played in 42 states and when the jackpot rose Wednesday, people across the country rushed to get their hands on tickets. But Saturday’s drawing had only one jackpot winter.
“This is the largest jackpot that we’ve ever had. It’s the largest cash payout for Powerball in the history of Powerball,” said the Director of the Rhode Island Lottery, Gerald Aubin. “If they choose to take the cash payout, which is the trend today, it’ll be $210 million dollars in cash.”
Stop and Shop says the ticket was purchased around 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We know it was a $9 purchase. We know it was three quick picks,” said Aubin.
Customers at the Stop and Shop wish they had bought the lucky ticket.
“I think it’s cool, it’s creating a big buzz, congrats to the person who won,” said Evan Sims, a customer.
“I come here often so I’m really disappointed I didn’t buy one,” said Jennifer Quint, a customer.
The lump sum cash payout will be $210 million, which is the highest ever for Powerball, officials said. The jackpot was the third largest in Powerball history and the largest ever won in Rhode Island, officials said.
The jackpot is the sixth largest in U.S. history, lottery spokeswoman Melissa Juhnowski said. The top jackpot was a $390 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2007, she said.
The win means Rhode Island gets a little more than $12 million in taxes on the prize, Aubin said.
The jackpot win is the first since the ticket price increased from $1 to $2 last month. Rising sales nearly doubled the jackpot from $173.5 million on Feb. 1.
The winning numbers were 1-10-37-52-57, Powerball 11. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.
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