It’s been three days since the record-breaking $1.500.000.0000 Powerball jackpot was won by three players from California, Florida and Tennessee, but Powerball craze is still shaking the world. Dozens of second prize winners are coming forward, fake news about the jackpot winners are flying all over the place and every piece of the new information leaves us doubting its validity. Nevertheless, few things have been confirmed by lottery officials, such as the names of three lucky stores that sold the jackpot winning tickets.
1. 7-Eleven in Chino Hills (California)
As soon as they found out one of the three winning tickets was sold in this store, hundreds of people piled in to celebrate the victory, chanting everything from “Chino Hills!” to “Free El Chapo!” Balbir Atwal, the owner of the lucky 7-Eleven, was presented with a $1.000.000 check on Thursday and said he plans to share his winnings with employees, friends and family, and give some to charity. Atwal came to the United States from India back in 1981 – he bought his first 7-Eleven at age 27 and currently owns four stores, including the one in Chino Hills.
2. Publix supermarket in Melbourne Beach (Florida)
Since each state determines how much a retailer gets for selling the winning ticket, this store received a $100.000 bonus. Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said they are “excited for the customer or customers who purchased it.” This isn’t the first time Publix has banked from selling Powerball tickets – back in 2013, Gloria C. Mackenzie became $590.500.000 richer after purchasing the lucky ticket in another Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills.
3. Naifeh’s Food Mart in Munford (Tennessee)
When asked how she feels about selling the golden ticket, the owner of the only grocery store in small town of Munford, Dana Naifeh said she’s “on Cloud Nine”. Naifeh was so excited she let her kids Ally, Abby and Oney skip school to be a part of the announcement.
“I’m excited for the state of Tennessee. Gosh, we had tons of winners. I’m excited for Munford, this small bedroom community outside Memphis,” said Naifeh, adding she intends to share a $25.000 bonus with their employees as “a pat on their backs for always being loyal”.
After these three stores sold the Powerball winning tickets, Euromillions jackpot worth €81.000.000 became the largest lotto prize on offer. Play now and it could be yours!