A Powerball lottery ticket worth $292 million was sold in Marathon Wednesday. The winner has yet to come forward.
The lone jackpot winner was a quick-pick ticket, said Daniel Halladay, manager of the Tom Thumb convenience store at U.S. 1 and Sombrero Beach Road where it was sold. He said it was purchased Wednesday.
As Florida Lottery officials gathered at the store Thursday, hanging congratulatory signs, he said, "I got a call around 7:30, 8 a.m. and it was the Lottery. They asked if I checked my e-mail yet. They told me and I said no way!"
As customers streamed into the store, they all said the same thing: "I hope it's a local."
Tom Thumb gets $85,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers were 12-13-44-52-62. The Powerball number was 6. If the winner chooses a lump-sum payment, he or she will get $191 million.
Florida joined Powerball in 2009. Since then, there have been only two larger Sunshine State jackpot winners, a $327.8 million winner (part of a $1.5 billion jackpot that was split three ways) in Melbourne Beach on Jan. 13 and a $600 million winner on May 18, 2013, that was bought in Zephyrhills.
In the Jan. 13 drawing, Stephan Ferguson of Key West won $1 million with a ticket bought at Winn-Dixie on North Roosevelt Boulevard.
Forty-four states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participate in Powerball.