$1 million lottery ticket sold in Macon

pramati@macon.comMarch 18, 2013 

In the eight years that Melissa Kelley has worked for the Jet Food Store on Ga. 57, she recalled only one or two Georgia Lottery tickets that yielded big prizes. And those awards were in the $10,000 range.

But Kelley, who manages the store, said that changed in a big way Saturday night when an as-yet-unidentified customer bought a Powerball ticket and won $1 million. Kelley said she doesn’t know the man’s name, but he’s a regular customer who often plays the Powerball, Fast 5 and Mega Millions at the store.

“He comes in every day,” she said. “I was happy for him. He’s a nice guy. I’m happy every time a local customer wins money on a scratch-off (ticket) or whatever.”

As of late Monday afternoon, lottery officials in Atlanta said the winner hasn’t contacted them, so they don’t know who he is. They knew the winning ticket had been sold at the Jet Food Store, located at 5583 Ga. 57, which carries a Macon address but is located at the edge of Twiggs County.

Kelley said store employees had been asking customers to check their tickets since they heard the news.

“When I asked him about it, he just nodded ‘yes,’ ” she said.

Kimberly Starks, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Lottery, said the lottery will list the store as a “lucky store,” which will be presented with an oversized check that can be displayed inside the store. Generally, Starks said, news of such a win leads to an increase in sales at the store where a winning ticket was sold.

The lottery winner played a quick-pick ticket and matched the first five numbers from the Powerball drawing: 3-7-21-44-53. The Powerball was 16, but the $1 million winner did not correctly pick it.

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday, with an estimated jackpot of $260 million for any player who correctly chooses all six numbers.

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