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September 17, 2013

Manton Shell station sold $1 million Powerball ticket Winner hasn't stepped forward

MANTON — Lots of wannabe Michigan lottery winners are snapping up tickets at the Shell gas station in Manton.

They’re hoping they they might repeat the same good luck as the person who matched all five white balls for the Powerball drawing on Sept. 7, said Jessica Reid, a Shell gas station assistant manager.

“Oh yeah, they think we’re lucky all of a sudden,” Reid said. “We’re selling quite a bit of them.”

The winner, whoever it is, bought a ticket worth $1 million, and rumors are flying around town just who the winner is, Reid said.

“As of Friday, the lottery lady was here, and she said the ticket hasn’t been claimed,” Reid said. “We have no idea. There’s been a few different names around town, but it’s all rumors. I hope it’s someone local.”

The winner has up to a year to claim the winnings, said Andi Brancato, the Michigan Lottery’s public relations director.

If the money remains unclaimed, it will go into the school aid fund, she said.

The lucky winner will receive $1 million less 25 percent withdrawn for federal taxes and 4.25 percent for state taxes.

“It’s still a lot of money,” she said.

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