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Gas station sells winning $310M Powerball ticket

October 1, 2015
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Someone got more than a tank of gas when they played the Powerball lottery game at a gas station in the region.

The Three Rivers West Shell station, south of Kalamazoo, sold the only winning ticket in the $310.5-million drawing last night.

"It's crazy that it would be here in small-town Three Rivers. . . . It's just crazy to think," employee Liz Smith told WWMT TV.

Michigan Lottery officials are urging the winner to step forward.

The jackpot can be paid over 30 years, or the winner can choose a lump sum of about $197 million before taxes.

The gas station is just minutes from the Indiana border, so the winner might be from out of state.

The winning numbers are 21, 39, 40, 55 and 59, and the Powerball is 17.

Eric Jorge said he was checking his tickets after a police officer gave him the news.

"He said, 'Did you hear what happened?' So my first thing is thinking someone robbed the store, and he's like, 'No! Someone bought the Powerball ticket for the 300 million,'" Jorge said. "I know I bought one here the other day, so I hope I'm the one!"

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