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.