The possibility of winning a record Powerball jackpot was a big draw Saturday for area stores selling lottery tickets.
By STEVE EVERLY
The Kansas City Star
Early Sunday, officials with the multistate lottery said that one winning ticket for the $590 million jackpot had been sold in Florida.
The single winner was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.
"This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," O'Connell told AP. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."
The winner was not immediately identified publicly and O'Connell did not give any indication just hours after Saturday's drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with that winning ticket.
Saturday nights winning Powerball numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52, powerball 11.
Riverside Red X had two employees selling nothing but the tickets to a line of customers that rarely dropped below a dozen.
Jerry Keith of Shawnee increased his weekly purchase of lottery tickets from $5 to $50 in hopes of winning the jackpot. But he was realistic about his chances.
We all hope, but the chances to win are slim, he said.
One-in-175 million slim.
Suzann Hudson of Garden City, Mo., walked away from the Riverside stores lottery counter with a handful of tickets. Her plan was to savor the possibility of winning as long as possible by going to bed before the winning numbers were announced Saturday night.
Ill go to sleep with hope, she said.
And why not? Two of the biggest U.S. lottery jackpots have hit close to Kansas City.
In November, Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn in Platte County claimed half of the previous record Powerball jackpot, $587.5 million.
Eight months earlier, an anonymous winner who bought a Mega Millions ticket in Ottawa, Kan., won a third of the largest U.S. jackpot, $656 million.
For those who believe in geographic destiny, a Phillips 66 station on 87th Street in Lenexa would seem to have been a good place to buy a ticket Saturday. Its almost exactly halfway between Ottawa and Dearborn, not as the crow flies but as the convenience store customer drives.
No one buying Powerball tickets at the station mentioned that oddity, but business was brisk.
Weve been getting a ton of customers, Ava Oxley said.
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