Dec. 12, 2013 – Powerball players nationwide awoke this morning to news that Wednesday night’s drawing had produced two jackpot winners who will split the $122.9 million jackpot. Each is entitled to a more than $61 million annuity prize.
In Massachusetts, rumors have already begun to circulate as to the identity of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot winner. The Appletown Market in Sterling, Mass., about an hour northwest of Boston, was abuzz Thursday after word spread that the winning ticket was sold there.
Sunny Patel, a co-owner of the Appletown Market, said he had heard speculation that the winning ticket was sold to a woman, but could not confirm.
“Hopefully it is someone local,” Patel said, adding that he was excited for the winner. The store will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket, according to the Massachusetts Lottery
Boston.com reported Thursday morning that an employee at the store said regular customers told her they knew who the winner was.
“One of my customers [said] I know who won and.. it’s a girl,” Andrea Roche told reporter John Ellement. She also said she was told the winner lives in Sterling.
Whoever the winner may be, they have a full year to claim their half of the jackpot at the Lottery’s office in Braintree. Should the winner choose a lump-sum instead of their half of the $61 million annuity, they’ll receive about $33 million before taxes.