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Local store sells $1M Powerball ticket

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Powerball ticket purchased at a East Huntington convenience store is worth $1 million dollars, but state lottery officials are still waiting to learn the winner's identity.

The winning ticket, which matched the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, was purchased at the One Stop convenience store and gasoline station. The store is located in the 1400 block of U.S. 60 near an intersection with Roby Road.

It was one of two, $1 million tickets sold in West Virginia for Wednesday night's drawing, said state lottery spokesman Randy Burnside. The other was purchased at the Julian Mini-Mart in Julian, W.Va. Neither winner came forward Thursday.

It marked the first time two Powerball tickets worth $1 million were sold at separate locations for the same drawing in West Virginia, Burnside said. Each store will receive $10,000. Attempts to contact the One Stop were unsuccessful.

"It's a great thing for West Virginia," Burnside said. "Powerball is a very popular game here in the state, and we've been a very lucky state traditionally."

The winning numbers for Wednesday's drawing were 06-10-23-41-45. The Powerball was 1. There was no jackpot winner, meaning Saturday's drawing will now be worth an estimated $150 million.

The Huntington ticket would mark Cabell County's first lottery prize of $1 million since April 6, 1988, Burnside said. That's when Joyce Cook of Barboursville won $1.275 million playing Lotto America.

The Huntington and Julian tickets were among nine, $1-million winners nationwide. Each matched the drawing's first five numbers, but missed the Powerball. Burnside said neither West Virginia winner played the game's PowerPlay for an extra $1, which would have increased the prize to $2 million.

Burnside estimates the winners, individually, will owe $250,000 in federal taxes and $65,000 in state taxes, netting the winners $685,000.

The spokesman advised winners to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until they can claim the prize. He also recommends they call lottery headquarters prior to showing up in Charleston.

Terry Brumfield of Harts, W.Va., in southern Lincoln County, was the state's last $1 million Powerball winner on Dec. 21, 2012.

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