Small town abuzz after $421 million Powerball ticket sold in area

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you live in Lafayette, Tennessee, you may want to check your Powerball ticket.

Lottery officials say the winning ticket worth nearly $421 million was sold in the small town, and no one has come forward to claim the prize.

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In a town with a population of about 5,000, rumors are swirling over who the big winner might be.

“It’s gonna be a big uproar. They will have more friends than they ever thought. They’d be coming out of the woodwork, you know,” Lafayette resident Gary Carter told News 2.

Just in time for the holidays, someone bought the second largest Powerball prize in Tennessee Lottery history.

While lottery officials haven’t released which store sold the winning ticket worth $420.9 million, locals directed News to the Shell gas station, known as JR Foods.

“This little store is a hot store, a lot of people play lottery right here,” explained Carter.

While the who and where of the ticket are still unknown, one thing is certain– if these folks won, they would leave the small town that made them a fortune.

“I wouldn’t be here, I’d be out. This town is too small to be here with that much money,” the cashier Zeferino Reyes said.

The largest jackpot in Tennessee lottery history was sold in Munford in January for $528 million.

The prize is paid out over 30 years, but there’s an option for a lump sum payment. Lottery officials said that would add up to about $254.7 million.

The winning numbers selected were 17, 19, 21, 37, 44, with the Powerball 16.