The latest Powerball winner may have purchased his ticket at a Northland convenience store, the manager said Thursday.
Hanish Kumar, manager of the Autobahn BP store at 7538 N.W. Prairie View Road, said one of his regular customers — whom he knows as Kevin — came in for his usual breakfast of coffee and a doughnut Thursday without a clue that his life was about to change profoundly.
“He came this morning and didn’t know he had a winning ticket in his hand,” Kumar said.
Kumar said he and Kevin discussed that the winning ticket for the $71.4 million jackpot had been sold in Missouri.
“He checked his ticket, and my computer showed he had a winning Powerball,” Kumar said. “He just couldn’t believe it. He was just shocked.”
Kevin left the shop without saying anything but soon returned. He bought his coffee and doughnut before heading off to work, Kumar said.
Lottery officials usually say little about where winning tickets were purchased until the winners come forward. They encourage winners to put the winning tickets in a safe place and get legal and financial advice before taking it to lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.
“It’s also wise to tell as few people as possible, so you have uninterrupted time to make important decisions and arrangements,” May Scheve Reardon, Missouri Lottery executive director, said in a written statement Thursday.
The winning numbers, drawn on Christmas night, were 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the Powerball was 32. The winner has until June 23 to claim the prize.