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NJ Gas Station Manager Says He Sold Winning Powerball Ticket

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(BORDENTOWN, N.J.) -- The single Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey that matched all six numbers in Saturday night's $338.3 million jackpot drawing was sold at a popular truck stop close to the New Jersey Turnpike, according to the store's manager.

The manager of Love's Travel Stops & Country Store in Bordentown, N.J., said he was in the process of changing shifts when he received a call from a happy driver claiming to have the winning ticket.

"Upon listening to his voice he did sound happy, kind of like a relief like he wouldn't have to work as hard and nice to hear that for someone," store manager Isaiah DeVries told ABC News early this morning.

DeVries says the ticket was most likely sold to a regular.

"I'm sure if I were to see his face I would recognize him. He claimed to be a usual here in the store," DeVries said.

Lottery officials are expected to hold a press conference later Monday to officially announce the location of where the winning ticket was sold.

Love's is a popular stop for many truck drivers passing through the Garden State. Eric Johnson has been a truck driver for five years, and realizes he was in the right spot but just didn't have the right numbers.

"I wish it was me. I'm happy for him, but I wish it was me. Being a truck driver is hard," Johnson said.

If the winner takes the lump sum of $211 million, that person could afford 105 private submarines, 24 Caribbean islands and 17 vintage Ferrari Testa Rossas.

People at Love's had been dreaming big for days leading up to the drawing, but only one man will be driving off into the sunset a millionaire.

"Shucks it wasn't me, but congrats for him. Pretty happy for him," DeVries said.

In case you were wondering, the winning numbers were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31.

The price of a Powerball ticket doubled in January 2012 from $1 a game to $2, which has accounted for the swelling jackpots.

"We redesigned the game and with more money going into the game, the jackpot prize pool has doubled so more people are playing because the jackpot is growing higher," Multi-State Lottery Association President Jim Haynes said.

Powerball is offered in 44 states and your chances of striking it rich are one in 175,000,000, meaning you'd have been 25 times more likely to win an Academy Award.

After all, dreaming big is part of the Powerball fun, even for the more than 80 million people whose tickets are now worthless.

"For $2, it's inexpensive entertainment and you can buy a part of the dream," Haynes said.

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Missouri Powerball Jackpot Winner to Come Forward

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the two winners of the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot will be announced at a news conference on Friday, according to Missouri Lottery officials.

The Missouri ticket was sold at the only gas station in the tiny town of Dearborn, which has a population of 496.  Many residents there hope the new multi-millionaire is a neighbor that understands the needs of the small farming town and will be able to help invest in the community that has been ravaged by a drought this past summer.

The other winning ticket was sold in Arizona at the 4 Sons Market, a convenience store in Fountain Hills, a suburb of Phoenix.  The winner has not yet come forward, and lottery officials will only say that the ticket was sold sometime Wednesday.  

Officials apparently know exactly when the ticket was sold, but are reluctant to release that information because they don’t want people reviewing the convenience store’s surveillance cameras to learn who the winner might be.

Both winners will split the big prize, which comes to $293.75 million apiece.  If they decide to take the cash payout, they will each receive $192.875 million before taxes.

The Multi-State Lottery Association says Wednesday night’s drawing also produced 58 $1 million winning tickets and eight $2 million tickets.

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Winning Tickets for Powerball Jackpot Sold in Arizona, Missouri

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri.

Missouri Lottery official Susan Goedde confirmed to ABC News Thursday morning that one of the winning tickets was purchased in the state, but they would not be announcing a town until later Thursday morning. 

Powerball's website reports the other winning ticket was purchased in Arizona.

Arizona lottery officials said they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day.

The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29.  The Powerball was 6. 

Before the numbers were drawn on Wednesday, the jackpot swelled to $587.5 million, according to lottery official Sue Dooley.  The two winners will split the jackpot each getting $293.75 million.  The cash payout is $192.5 million each.

An additional 8,924,123 players won smaller prizes, according to Powerball's website.

"There were 58 winners of $1 million and there were eight winners of $2 million.  So a total of $74 million," said Chuck Strutt, Director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Hopeful players bought tickets at the rate of 131,000 every minute up until an hour before the deadline of 11 p.m. ET, according to lottery officials.

The jackpot had already rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner.  That fact, plus the doubling in price of a Powerball ticket, accounted for the unprecedented richness of the pot.

"Back in January, we moved Powerball from being a $1 game to $2," said Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman at the game's headquarters in Iowa.  "We thought at the time that this would mean bigger and faster-growing jackpots."

That proved true.  The total, she said, began taking "huge jumps -- another $100 million since Saturday."  It then jumped another $50 million.

The biggest Powerball pot on record until now -- $365 million -- was won in 2006 by eight Lincoln, Neb., co-workers.

Lottery officials put the odds of winning the $587.5 million Powerball pot at one in 175 million, meaning you'd have been 25 times more likely to win an Academy Award.

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$337 Million Powerball Winner Told Whole Family to Retire

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(LAPEER, Mich.) -- The Michigan winner of the $337 million Powerball claimed his prize Friday, joking about taxes, early retirement and his first purchase after becoming a mega-millionaire.

When Donald Lawson, 44, approached the podium to accept his giant check, he jokingly pointed to the blank line on the check and told the lottery commissioner, "My name goes here."

He then asked whether the amount was tax-free, and Michigan lottery Commissioner Scott Bowen laughed and replied, "I'm afraid not, brother."

Lawson of Lapeer, Mich., chose to take the cash lump sum of $224.6 million.

The railroad engineer quit his job after his Aug. 15 win and told his whole family to do the same.

"Everybody that's related to me, as far as my whole [immediate] family, was told to retire and they had no problem with that," Lawson said.

Lawson, a frequent lottery player, recalled buying his ticket at a Sunoco gas station. He said he usually buys the Quick Pick tickets with automatic numbers, but when he saw a line of five or six people, he decided to hand-pick his numbers.

"I didn't really pick them, my hand just went," he said. "I don't know how the numbers came about."

He credited his number choices to, "something from above."

The morning after the numbers were drawn, Lawson went online to check the winning numbers.

"I started looking at the numbers, and checking backwards, and then I kind of lost my breath," he said.

"I sat there, said a prayer and calmed myself down a little bit," Lawson said.

He called his sister and told her to come home right away. He then called his mother and said, "I've got a surprise for you. I won $200,000 in the Powerball."

As his mother cheered and congratulated him, he said, "The truth is, I won $337 million."

At first, his shocked mother did not believe him.

But, now, Mama Warbucks, as she was jokingly called at the prize-claiming, fully believes her son.

"We come from poor people so he knows the value of a dollar all his life," Lawson's mother said. "I don't think it'll change him. ...He's a jokester. It's not going to change."

What was Lawson's first purchase after becoming a millionaire? "A pack of bubble gum," he said with a laugh.

When asked what he plans to do with his newfound riches, Lawson said, "I'm going to escape for now and go somewhere safe and think about it and then go from there."

The father of two said he will be putting his daughters through college, taking care of his family and then taking care of himself.

"I wanted to travel a lot and now I can," he said. "I can go anywhere in the world I want and that's what I'm going to do."

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