Reporting Tim Jimenez
By Tim Jimenez
FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (CBS) - A week after “Lady Luck” brought more than a half-a-billion dollars to Powerball players in Arizona and Missouri, she paid a visit to Bucks County on Wednesday afternoon.
Pennsylvania lottery officials confirm a Powerball jackpot-winning ticket, worth $50 million, was sold in a Fairless Hills store. The lucky ticket matched all of the white balls, 13-17-19-27-38, and the red Powerball 12.
The winner has yet to come forward but there was a buzz at the shop where it was sold.
“Sometimes we talk, me and the people working here, that we sell so many lottery tickets but we never had a big winner. And here comes the day when we have a big winner,” said Rakesh “Rocky” Raina, owner of Levittown News & Tobacco, which is in a shopping center on Oxford Valley Road.
Raina has owned the store since 1995 and runs it with his family. Thursday wasn’t an average work day, as a lottery official came calling bright and early.
“Your store sold the winning ticket,” the official told Raina.
“I couldn’t believe it and said, ‘Are you lying?’ She said, ‘No, no, not at 7 o’clock in the morning,” Raina explains.
Raina isn’t sure who the big winner is but thinks it was a regular customer because the jackpot was relatively small compared to the record-breaking jackpots that bring in many casual players. Lottery officials said the ticket was sold between 12:45 and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“We are happy we have a new millionaire here in our area! We hope it’s somebody who needs the money – and it’s Christmas time!” Raina said.
Raina gets a $100,000 bonus for selling the ticket. He said he will share with his family, friends and customers and is also planning on throwing a party.