$396 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Bonita Springs
One lucky person is the winner of the $396 million Powerball jackpot after purchasing their ticket from a Bonita Springs 7-Eleven.
The winning numbers for Wednesday’s drawing were 9, 12, 15, 31 and 60, with a Powerball of 2. There were over 1.3 million prizes won altogether on a special night for many players, including three tickets that matched all five main numbers without the Powerball to net $1 million each.
Nour Obeissy, the store owner of the Bonita Beach Rd. 7-Eleven, wasted no time in posting signs of the winner of the jackpot.
“You always hear the winner is in California or one winner in Chicago,” Obeissy said. “Finally, we’re due.”
Whoever holds that winning ticket has lots of big bucks to spend. It is over $396 million, which is over the estimated $394 million before the drawing.
The prize money is a sore subject for Sam Mazzola who purchased a ticket for the Powerball from this store.
“My friend called me a little while ago that I’m playing golf with today and he said did you check your tickets?” Mazzola said. “The one at the 7-Eleven that you go to all the time. I said, ‘no. I didn’t check them.’ I got really warm inside thinking I might have the winner, but I didn’t.”
If the winner chooses the cash option, the lucky ticket is worth $274.6 million, according to Florida Lottery.
Before Wednesday, the jackpot was most recently hit on Nov. 2 when a $150 million ticket was sold in California. It was the seventh and final jackpot-winning Powerball ticket sold across the country last year and had a cash option of $104.8 million.
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Tony Hribar did not win, either, but he said he will not give up, despite the overwhelming odds against him.
“I’ll wait for the next drawing,” Hribar said, “when the money gets bigger again.”