$50K Powerball winners sold in Crabtree, Pittsburgh
If you missed your shot at a billion-dollar payday this week, there’s still a chance to strike it rich. The Powerball jackpot is up to $750 million and growing for Saturday night’s drawing.
But two winning tickets sold in Western Pennsylvania from Wednesday’s drawing are worth $50,000 -- including one purchased at the Crabtree Gas and Go. The other came from Center Independent Oil along Painters Run Road in the Mt. Lebanon area.
Tim Daurora of Salem Township, owner of the Crabtree business, does not know who bought the winning ticket at his store, in part because his lottery sales have been so busy the past week with the Mega Millions jackpot climbing to an astronomical $1.5 billion and the rising Powerball jackpot.
“It was probably 20 times our average,” Daurora said of the number of customers who came to the only convenience store in the little village of Crabtree.
The Pennsylvania Lottery used to pay stores that sold a winning ticket a slight percentage of a $50,000 jackpot, but Daurora said he won’t get any money because the state raised the jackpot amount to at least $100,000 for a store to be rewarded. A bonus for selling a ticket that won $100,000 would be $500, said Trevor Monk, a state lottery spokesman.
Still, Daurora said the publicity is good because people read and hear about stores that sell winning tickets. The store recently sold a $100,000 instant lottery winner, and his Five Points Gas & Go store at the corner of Routes 22 and 819 in Salem sold a Cash 5 winning ticket worth $50,000, Daurora said.
Three other winning Powerball tickets worth $50,000 were purchased at stores in Quakertown, Bucks County; Coopersburg, Lehigh County; and Etters, York County.
A winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in South Carolina. The $1.537 billion jackpot was just shy of the largest in U.S. history. A jackpot won in January 2016 holds the record at $1.586 billion.