The ticket was purchased on an unknown date from Heby’s Shell, at 4360 Floyd Road Southwest in Mableton, using the lottery’s Quik Pik computer number generator.
Store manager Haine Tiruneh said that in the seven years his store has been business, Heby’s Shell has sold a few $50,000, $45,000 and $10,000 tickets, but nothing nearly as big as Saturday’s jackpot.
“We know almost every customer in here, so I’m hoping it’s someone we know and someone who really, really needs it,” Tiruneh said.
The store will get $25,000 from the Georgia Lottery for selling the winning ticket, Tiruneh said, but only after the ticket holder steps forward to claim the prize.
“You know how bad the economy is. It will be great for our store,” Tiruneh said.
Starks said the ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize, and it must be claimed in Georgia either at the Georgia Lottery’s headquarters at 250 Williams St. Suite No. 3000 in Atlanta or at a district office.
The winner can either take a lump sum payout of $63 million, or the annuitized prize in 29 payments over a period of 30 years, Starks said.
Starks said Powerball sales, not including Powerplay, from all 44 lotteries participating in Powerball for Saturday’s draw totaled $34,189,186. Cumulative Powerball sales for this jackpot roll, not including Powerplay, totaled $196,008,421.
News Editor Kim Isaza
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