$1 million Mega Millions winning lottery ticket sold in Columbus

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 18, 2013 

A $1 million Mega Millions ticket sold at the Hunt Avenue Winn-Dixie created a buzz at the Columbus grocery store when employees heard the news Wednesday afternoon.

“Someone said it was on the news and they started ringing my phone,” said Jasper Perry, manager of the store.

In Tuesday night’s multi-state jackpot, there were two winning tickets in the $636 Mega Millions jackpot - and one of those was sold in Atlanta at a Buckhead newsstand. But closer to home, a $1 million winning ticket was sold at the Winn-Dixie grocery store on Hunt Avenue in south Columbus, according to a Georgia Lottery spokesperson in Atlanta.

As of mid-afternoon, the Columbus winner had not stepped forward to claim the prize.

There were two $1 million winners in Georgia with the other ticket being purchased in Winder. The $1 million winners matched the five main numbers drawn, but did not get the correct mega ball number.

There were three $20,000 winners and 26 $5,000 winners in Georgia.

Perry said he has been manager of the location for five years but nothing like this has ever happened. Perry doesn’t think the big winner is from any of his employees. “None of my employees have called out yet,” he said.

Ciera Williams said she was on the service desk where lotto tickets are sold all day on Tuesday but she didn’t know if she sold the winning ticket. “It’s a possibility,” Williams said smiling.

Queen Scott, a shopper, said she bought a ticket for the drawing but didn’t get it at Winn-Dixie.

“Lord I couldn’t have been that lucky,” she said. “I really wish it was me.”

Scott said no one would have to locate her if she won the lottery. “I wouldn’t rest all night,” she said. “I kind of want to hang around and try to find out.”

If she had won, Scott said she would take care of her family. “I would help the homeless and probably buy some land somewhere for them to take care of themselves,” she said.

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