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$292 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in the Florida Keys

Tom Thumb Manager Daniel Halladay and sales clerk Sylvina Ellis are all smiles Thursday after finding out the store sold the jackpot winner.
Tom Thumb Manager Daniel Halladay and sales clerk Sylvina Ellis are all smiles Thursday after finding out the store sold the jackpot winner. KeysInfoNet

A Powerball lottery ticket worth $292 million was sold in Marathon Wednesday. The winner has yet to come forward.

The lone jackpot winner was a quick-pick ticket, said Daniel Halladay, manager of the Tom Thumb convenience store at U.S. 1 and Sombrero Beach Road where it was sold. He said it was purchased Wednesday.

As Florida Lottery officials gathered at the store Thursday, hanging congratulatory signs, he said, “I got a call around 7:30, 8 a.m., and it was the Lottery. They asked if I checked my email yet. They told me, and I said no way!”

Tom Thumb gets $85,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 12-13-44-52-62. The Powerball number was 6. If the winner chooses a lump-sum payment, he or she will get $191 million.

Florida joined Powerball in 2009. Since then, there have been only two larger Sunshine State jackpot winners, a $1.5 billion ticket sold in Melbourne Beach on Jan. 13 and a $600 million winner on May 18, 2013, that was bought in Zephyrhills.

In the Jan. 13 drawing, Stephen Ferguson of Key West won $1 million with a ticket bought at Winn-Dixie on North Roosevelt Boulevard.

Forty-four states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participate in Powerball.

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