Lottery ticket sold in state worth $1 million
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 7:16 AM
As consolation prizes go, $1 million isn't bad.
Oklahoma didn't have a jackpot winner in Wednesday's $587.5 million Powerball drawing, but the holder of a ticket sold in Collinsville came close. By correctly picking all five "white ball" numbers but missing the Powerball, the as-yet unidentified lottery player won $1 million.
Paying an extra $1 for a Power Play on the $2 ticket would have doubled the payout to $2 million.
The million-dollar ticket was sold at Mo's Corner Sinclair, formerly known as the 4-Way Stop, in Collinsville.
The winner has not yet come forward, but Mo's owner Mohammad Bhuiyan said he hopes "that person will come in and tell us. We want to see the face of our million-dollar winner."
Two other tickets worth $40,000 and four worth $10,000 were bought in Oklahoma. Two of the $10,000 tickets were bought in Tulsa - at the Food Pyramid at 4818 E. 80th St. and at the QuikTrip at 9621 E. Pine St., the Oklahoma Lottery Commission reported.
Single winning tickets for the $587.6 million jackpot were sold in Arizona and Missouri. Fifty-eight of the $1 million tickets were sold nationally.
Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Rollo Redburn said lottery ticket sales were up about $7 million in the state for the seven days through Wednesday compared to the previous seven-day period.
"That works out to a little over $2 million for education," said Redburn. Under Oklahoma law, 35 percent of lottery earnings are put toward education.
It also works out to about $420,000 for ticket vendors, who receive a 6 percent commission on sales. They do not receive a bonus for issuing winning tickets, but there is some thought that people who buy lottery tickets typically buy other things, as well.
"Lottery tickets are what they call 'sticky items,' so the vendors should have done pretty well," Redburn said.
Bhuiyan agreed that publicity about his store's selling a million-dollar ticket "will help us bring in business, so we're happy about that."
In general, though, he's not happy with the state lottery. He said the computer system provided by the lottery system is error-prone, which costs him money. In addition, the throngs of people who came in to buy Powerball tickets when the jackpot skyrocketed kept staff members too busy with sales to watch for gasoline drive-offs, he said.
Oklahoma has had 21 $1 million winners since joining the Powerball lottery in January 2006, including Wednesday's.
Winners have 180 days from the day of the drawing to claim their prizes.
Wednesday's winning numbers were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.
World Staff Writer Zack Stoycoff contributed to this story.
Wednesday's Oklahoma Powerball winners:
$1,000,000: Mo's Corner Sinclair, 1502 W. Main St., Collinsville
$40,000: Willis Quick Stop No. 11, 1415 E. Broadway, Seminole
$40,000: City Stop, 11 Monroe Ave. N.E., Piedmont
$10,014: OnCue Express No. 7, 1820 S. Sangre Road, Stillwater
$10,004: Ben's Stateline 1st Stop, 2264 Hwy 412, Colcord
$10,000: Food Pyramid No. 65, 4818 E. 80th St., Tulsa
$10,000: QuikTrip No. 56, 9621 E. Pine St., Tulsa
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