AUBURN, Mass. – Lisa Bartlett, 51, of Worcester, has claimed the $1 million lottery ticket that was sold at Galaxy Newstand in Auburn, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.
Bartlett, a teacher, was joined by her husband, Wade, on Friday morning at the Lottery's Braintree headquarters. The teacher expressed much excitement over winning the $1 million prize, indicating that it would help her family live a bit easier, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery. The couple planned on buying two new cars on the way back to Worcester.
The Galaxy Newsstand, located in the Auburn Mall food court, sold the $1 million lottery ticket in the record Powerball drawing on Wednesday night.
Owner Mitul Bhalodiya, who opened the store in May, didn’t know he had sold the ticket until a lottery official met him at the shop at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“I’m very, very happy,” Bhalodiya said. “Now I can tell customers we had a big winner. Every day since we opened six months ago, we’re getting more and more customers, and this will help even more.”
The lottery official gave Bhalodiya a banner that reads, “I Sold A Winning $1,000,000 POWERBALL ticket!”
Galaxy Newsstand will receive $10,000 for selling the $1 million ticket.
“The nice bonus is OK, but now customers will know that we’re a lucky store,” Bhalodiya said. “People tell me that we’re a lucky store. We’ve had the same customers win $1,000 and then $500 a day later; but $1 million will really show everyone how lucky we are.
“The people in Auburn have been very nice and given me great support since we opened in May,” he added.
The winning numbers were: 5-16-22-23-29 with a Powerball of 6. The $1 million winner had all the numbers, except for the Powerball.
There were three other $1 million winners in Massachusetts. Two of the tickets were sold in Boston, at the 7-Eleven store at 1306 Washington St. in the South End and at the City Convenience shop at 23 Beacon St. near the State House in downtown Boston. The other ticket was sold at the Tedeschi store #153 on Union Street in Rockland.
There were two grand prize Powerball tickets, sold in Missouri and Arizona. The winning ticket holders will split the final jackpot, which ended up at $587,500,000.