Sanitation Worker Says He Lost $254M Powerball Ticket

Nov 5, 2011 6:12pm

Someone in Connecticut bought a lottery ticket worth $254 million — but, so far, nobody knows who it is.

Powerball officials say someone in Fairfield County bought a Powerball ticket matching all six winning numbers — 12, 14, 34, 39, 46, and 36. Local rumor has it that the ticket was sold at Belltown Superette in Stamford, a store with a reputation for selling winning tickets.

“My grandfather right here, number 29. He played my aunt’s … that’s my aunt’s birthday. He won $1 million,” Alexis Nanos told ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven.

Store owner Suni Patel says a city sanitation worker claims that he’s the one who bought the winning ticket at the store, but he lost it.

“He says it’s his number, but he can’t find the ticket, lost the ticket. So I don’t know what to say,” Patel told WTNH-TV.

If that’s true — and he can find the ticket — he could be the recipient of the largest payout ever in Connecticut. State officials say the previous record was a $59.5 million Powerball jackpot in June 2005.

In order to get the money, he has to either produce the ticket, or some sort of proof that he actually bought it. If it’s not him, it’s possible the winner doesn’t know they won, because tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have been without power for a week, due to the freak October snowstorm a week ago.

Whoever the winner is has until April 30, 2012 to claim the prize. The jackpot reset to $20 million today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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