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9/6/2013 8:11:00 AM
$1 Million Lottery Ticket Sold In Lyndonville
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Amy Ash Nixon
Staff Writer

LYNDONVILLE -- The Irving Circle K on Main Street had a splash of celebrity Thursday after the Vermont Lottery announced a lucky customer had bought a winning $1 million Powerball ticket there Wednesday.

No one knows yet who the owner of the winning ticket is, but everyone is anxious to hear.

The ticket hit on five number, which were 02, 09, 26, 45 and 47, but not the Powerball number, which was 11; the larger Powerball jackpot was not hit Wednesday.

Store employees are not supposed to talk too much about the big lottery news, but it was kind of hard not to, what with the sign above the cash register saying someone had won a $1 million there, and a sign on the door. Customers were abuzz all day, said a smiling manager Margaret Allard, a 22-year employee.

Allard said she's hoping it will be one of her regulars, someone local who she knows, and someone hard-working, someone who can use something wonderful to happen in their lives, she said.

"I didn't win," Kristin Lawrence of Lyndonville said while buying a few things at the store. "I wish it was me." Once, Lawrence said, she won $10 on a scratch-off ticket, and another time, $50, but that's her winnings to date.

If it was her? What would she do with a million dollars?

Lawrence was quick to answer, "I'd probably start to put money away for my kids to go to college and I would buy my own house."

Next in line was Dane Rocheleau, of Wheelock, buying a lottery ticket, coincidentally. He said he once won $1,000, when he lived in Barnet. Asked the same question as Lawrence, Rocheleau said if he won, "I'd buy a piece of land and a house."

The store benefits too by receiving 1 percent of the winning ticket. Store employees found out about the good fortune first thing Thursday morning. A Host Message sent by the lottery at 8:13 a.m. and printed out at 8:16 a.m., states, "There were no jackpot winners for last night's draws, but Circle K in Lyndonville sold a $1,000,000 Powerball winning ticket!!! Congratulations to Circle K and the lucky winner!"

Cindy Oxendine of West Burke, picking out some scratch-off tickets at the counter on Thursday, said if she were the lucky winner, "I'd help my son get a house. He's got babies." She looked out the door and nodded to her car, and said she'd pay it off, too, and get something cheaper to run.

The Circle K not long ago had a $50,000 winner, but this is the largest anyone can remember, said Allard, the manager. "We've never had anything as exciting as this! It was awesome, I was so excited!"

"It's a great conversation piece," said Allard. "I love my job, it just seems even happier now!"

Store employee Theresa Reed said, "I hope whoever won will give to the needy a little bit. They don't need the whole million!"

According to the Vermont Lottery, nearly 1,000 winning tickets were sold in Vermont for this drawing.

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