LONACONING, Md. — Located just minutes from the West Virginia border, a small convenience store in Western Maryland sold one of the largest Powerball jackpot tickets of all-time.
The only winning Powerball ticket for the $731.1 million jackpot that was announced Wednesday was sold at Coney Market in Lonaconing, Maryland, around 14 miles from Keyser. The town has a population of only 1,200.
A Power Play option ticket worth $2 million was also sold in that area of Maryland, at the AC&T #130 in Hagerstown.
Speaking with the Allegany Radio Corporation, Coney Market owner Richard Ravenscroft said he and his employees are still somewhat in shock.
“The lady who took the telephone call still hasn’t sat down. We are all excited about it,” he said.
The store will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket of 40, 53, 60, 68, 69, and power ball 22.
“I am going to figure out how to divide some of it up with the employees and then I have some improvements to do to the store,” Ravenscroft said of the bonus.
He said he does not know the identity of the winner and he described the atmosphere in Lonaconing and Allegany County.
“The people that have heard are all pretty excited of course they all wish it was them and somebody knows I don’t know who it is or where they are from none of that,” Ravenscroft said.
“I wish somebody well whoever won I hope they do good with it.”
It’s been a record week for lottery jackpots. The jackpot hit Wednesday was the fifth largest in US lottery history. The Mega Millions jackpot, worth up to $970 million has its drawing on Friday.