Columbus Retailer Sells Winning Lottery Ticket

A store in Columbus sold a winning lottery ticket and is now getting a financial benefit because of it.

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A lottery ticket for the Mega Millions was not a jackpot winner.

One of the state’s longest-tenured lottery retailers is in line to receive a $100,000 prize after selling a winning ticket worth $14 million.

Jay-C grocery store in Columbus have been selling lottery tickets since October of 1989, just ten days after the first tickets went on sale in the state. Store representatives say they still do not know who bought the winning combination.

But Jay-C spokesperson Mark Combs says he hopes the person who comes forward with it is a local.

“I’m really hoping it’s someone from the Columbus area that shops us on a regular basis, as opposed to someone passing through from out of state or out of town,” he says. “I’d really like the keep the money in our local communities.”

Hoosier Lottery spokesperson Al Larsen says there is a formula for deciding how much retailers receive when one of their machines prints a winning set of numbers.

“Once you hit a $10 million jackpot, at that point anything about ten million dollars at the jackpot level, the bonus will stay at $10,000,” he says. “But it’s one percent up to that point.”

Even though it takes a $10 million prize to get a store the maximum reward, Larsen says if the Columbus winner chooses a single lump-sum payment instead of a 30-year payout structure, he or she will receive about $5.1 million dollars before taxes.

The store gets the maximum reward in either case.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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