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UPDATE: Texoma man claims $40M Powerball jackpot

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UPDATE -- The Texas Lotter says a Ravenna man has come forward to claim the $40 million dollar Powerball jackpot. According to a Lottery spokesperson, "Paul McDowell of Ravenna visited Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin today [Tuesday] to claim the $40 million advertised jackpot from the May 29 Powerball drawing. McDowell's Quick Pick ticket was the only ticket sold to match all five numbers drawn (9 – 14 – 17 – 49 – 57) and the Powerball (2). Since McDowell chose the cash value option, the amount of his prize was $24,906,600, before taxes. This is the first Powerball jackpot claimed in Texas since the Texas Lottery joined the multi-state game in 2010.

The claimant purchased his ticket at the Lone Star Food Store #48 located at 205 W. Bells Blvd. in Bells. The store is eligible for a $400,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket."

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Bells
Posted: May 30, 2013 1:55 PM CDT

BELLS, TX -- The only winning ticket for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was sold at Lone Star Food Store, better known as "On The Run" in Bells.

Now people in the tiny Texoma town are anxious to find out who won.

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It's the question everyone's asking at the convenience store: Did you buy a ticket there for Wednesday night's Powerball? The Texas State Lottery says the one person who matched all six numbers did.

But the winner of the $40 million jackpot has yet to come forward. 

"It's not me. I wish it was," customer Lynn Moody said.

It's the first time there's been a Powerball jackpot winner from Texas since it began participating in the game in 2010.

Tickets are sold in 45 states. According to the Powerball website, the odds of winning are one in $175,223,510 which makes it all the more intriguing that the winning ticket was sold in a town with a population less than 1,500.

"It was pretty exciting to wake up to," store manager Larry Janning said.

Janning says he first heard his store sold the winning ticket in an early-morning phone call.

"He just asked me if I bought the winning ticket and I'm like, ‘What winning ticket are you talking about?' And he said, ‘The Powerball.' He said, ‘Your store sold the winning ticket last night.' And I said, 'Are you serious?'"

Julio Caveles says he always buys his lottery tickets from the convenience store but says he had no idea the winning ticket was sold there until he walked in Thursday afternoon.

"I like to be surprised," Caveles said.

He also says he never checks his numbers from home and waited with anticipation as the clerk scanned his tickets to find out if he was the lucky winner.

"Somebody in this little horse town is a millionaire, but guess what? It wasn't me," Caveles said.

The Lottery says the winner has six months to claim the prize. Records show the winning ticket holder chose the cash option when it was purchased. The Lottery's website shows the numbers were chosen electronically through software called Quick Pick.

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May 30, 2013
BELLS, TX -- It's the question of the day in the small town of Bells: Did you buy a ticket for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing?

If so, you may have hit the $40 million jackpot.

The manager of the "On The Run" convenience store on the corner of Highway 69 and State Highway 56 says the winning ticket was sold at his store. But, he says the winner has yet to come forward.

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