LAKEPORT, Calif. – While there was no jackpot winner for California in Saturday night’s multistate Powerball lottery draw, someone who purchased a ticket for the contest in Lakeport still came up with a great prize.
The California State Lottery reported that there were two tickets sold that matched five of the winning numbers, with each of those tickets earning its holder $501,893, the largest prizes to come from the Saturday night draw.
One of the tickets was sold at the Rotten Robbie at 2725 S. Main St. in Lakeport; the second ticket was sold at an Arco gas station in Los Angeles.
The Powerball winning numbers were 6, 8, 30, 39 and 48, with 20 being the Powerball number. The jackpot was for $95.6 million.
Eli Hendrick, assistant manager at the Lakeport Rotten Robbie, said on Sunday afternoon that the store hadn’t yet received any official word from the California State Lottery about the win, and they also hadn’t yet heard from the person holding the winning ticket.
However, they’ve had plenty of customer buzz, he said.
“We have actually noticed a spike in sales today,” Hendrick said.
Hendrick said the gas station’s store sells an average of about 300 lottery tickets per day, with a base of consistent, loyal customers who come in daily to play specific games.
“It definitely gets them in here,” he said.
The Powerball ticket carries with it the largest win of any the store has sold, said Hendrick, noting that in the past they’ve sold some winning scratchers that totaled about $500.
The last year has proved a lucky one for local residents playing the lottery.
Last September, Tony Velasquez of Clearlake Oaks won $14 million in the SuperLotto Plus with a ticket he purchased at the Red and White Store in Clearlake Oaks, as Lake County news has reported.
That was followed in late November by Paul Reed of Cobb winning $179,745 playing the Fantasy 5 game on a ticket he purchased at the Cobb Texaco.
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