$1M Powerball ticket sold in Cranberry

| Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 11:52 a.m.

Employees of the Cranberry Shop 'n Save hope the owner of a $1 million winning Powerball ticket is one of their regular lottery players.

“Everybody's buzzing around here,” store manager John Barley said Tuesday. “We're all excited.”

A ticket bought at the store sometime Friday correctly matched all five white balls, 05-06-13-36-50, but not the red Powerball 13.

The owner of the ticket hasn't come forward yet but has until July 28, 2013, to claim the prize. The store gets a $5,000 bonus.

Barley said employees scoured surveillance footage to try to see who bought the ticket, but lottery officials would not say what time it was sold. Employee Carol Tobin said that after word started to spread Monday about the winning ticket, she asked one of the store's regular lottery customers if she had played Friday. The woman did, but didn't have the winning ticket. Another woman, overhearing what was going on, called her husband to ask if he bought tickets last week, Tobin said.

“I keep asking everybody if they played,” Tobin said.

Butler County has been home to several large Powerball winners in the last decade.

In 2005, Bob and Patty MacZura of Cranberry won $10.2 million in Powerball. A trust including beneficiaries Florence Ayers of Harmony and James Ayers of Mars claimed a $93.4 million Powerball jackpot in 2004. In 2003, Scott and Marian Calligan of Cranberry claimed a $73.6 million Powerball jackpot.

The holder of the latest big, winning ticket should sign the back of it, call the lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at lottery headquarters in Dauphin County or at any of the lottery's seven area offices. One is on Western Avenue in the North Side.

No one matched all five white balls and the red ball in Saturday's drawing, so the Powerball jackpot grows to an estimated annuity value of $158 million, or $107.3 million cash. The next drawing is Wednesday night.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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