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Evans store has history of selling winning lottery tickets

Powerball jackpot soars to $1.4 billion

Posted: January 13, 2016 - 1:00am  |  Updated: January 13, 2016 - 12:21pm
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Ricky Bradshaw chooses what scratch-off tickets he wants to buy along with some tickets for the $1.5 billion Powerball prize from Sachin Barot at Allen's Country Store.   Photos by Valerie Rowell
Photos by Valerie Rowell
Ricky Bradshaw chooses what scratch-off tickets he wants to buy along with some tickets for the $1.5 billion Powerball prize from Sachin Barot at Allen's Country Store.

With the Powerball jackpot looming around $1.5 billion and lots of people are visiting one “lucky” Evans store.

Several Georgia lottery jackpot winners in the past five years purchased tickets from Allen’s Country Store at 4277 Washington Road.

And with the jackpot reaching a record $1.4 billion for the drawing Wednesday night, both regulars and new customers are keeping store personnel busy.

“Lottery tickets are selling good here,” said clerk Sachin Barot.

Before the Saturday Power­ball drawing, Barot said the store sold 4,754 $2 Powerball tickets on Friday.

A steady stream of customers filed in to purchase their Powerball tickets Monday afternoon. But Barot said big lines form after about 4 p.m., when most people are headed home from work. Some usually play every now and then, but decided this jackpot was a good one to gamble on.

Ricky Bradshaw said he’s a regular customer of the store and typically buys scratch-off tickets. He’s won up to $500 a few times with tickets purchased there.

But on Monday, he opted to take the risk on some Powerball.

“That much money, we’ve all got to get one,” Bradhsaw said.

In Saturday’s drawing, one player won $1 million by matching five numbers, but not the Powerball. The lucky ticket was purchased in Lawrenceville, Ga., according to the Georgia Lottery. Lesser winners, 16, won $500,000 each.

The Powerball jackpot began rolling Nov. 7 and has rolled 19 times, according to the lottery.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each and players can choose an extra $1 Power Play option to increase non-jackpot prizes.

The odds of winning the estimated $1.5 millions jackpot is 1 in 292 million. A jackpot winner can opt for the annuity payout of 29 years of 30 graduated payments or the cash payout amount of $930 million. The drawing will be at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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