Mt. Pleasant store boasts sale of $1 million lottery ticket
No one hit Tuesday's $454 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot Tuesday, but one lucky player who bought a ticket in a rural Mt. Pleasant Township store came away with a consolation prize of $1 million.
The ticket that matched all five white balls drawn but lacked the Mega Ball for the big prize was purchased at S&S Corner Market near the entrance of Mammoth Park in Westmoreland County.
“I got the call early (Wednesday) from the lottery commission saying that we sold a $1 million winner, and I had to call them back to make sure it wasn't a prank,” said store co-owner Dan Swindell of Greensburg.
Swindell and his brother, Larry, of Keckburg opened the small grocery store and sandwich shop in April.
“No one has stepped forward yet to claim it, but we are happy for whoever it is,” Swindell said about the lucky winner. “A lot of stores go a whole lifetime never selling a ticket worth that much. We're pretty blessed.”
The lottery commission reports the retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
Winning numbers in Tuesday's drawing were 29-46-53-64-73, with 10 being drawn for the Mega Ball. With no winners, the jackpot for Friday's drawing now is at $508 million, or $357.7 million cash — the third largest prize the Mega Million game has offered.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million won on March 30, 2012, with three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
The lottery reports more than 361,200 Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes in Tuesday's drawing, including 52,274 purchased with the Megaplier option that increased the payout five-fold for each ticket.
Lottery officials said the winning ticket purchased in Mt. Pleasant Township must be claimed and validated before the winner will be identified. Winners in the Mega Millions drawing have one year to claim their prize.
“We're pretty small so they were asking us to ask everyone who comes in if they had the winner,” Swindell said. “We're still putting up road signs for our store, but we're getting more and more people all the time.”
Swindell said he and his brother, who operate S&S Construction, had no intention of opening a store when they bought the property on Apollo Road and began construction of an equipment storage shed for their business in the spring.
“People kept coming up asking us what we were building and saying they needed a small store,” Swindell said. “We had so many inquiries, we decided to give (retail) a try. So far, it's worked out.”
Paul Peirce is a reporter for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or email@example.com