Who is now a multi-millionaire?

March 2, 2009 7:07:15 PM PST
First of all, nobody could fathom that someone could buy a winning Powerball ticket worth that much and at a shopping mall to boot.

"It was sold here? It was? It was?" exclaimed Al Harris of North Philadelphia.

A lottery ticket at a shopping mall, yes, it's true, somebody came to the customer service desk at Plymouth Meeting Mall and bought a little piece of paper like this that's now worth $87.2 million.

"That's unbelievable, my heart's even rushing to hear that, oh my God!" said Sue Minor of Manayunk.

Yes, many here were finding it hard to believe that one of two jackpot winning Powerball tickets was sold at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, the other was sold somewhere in Delaware. The annuity value on each ticket is set at $87.2 million paid over 29 years or a cash lump sum of $46.6 million minus a 25-percent federal withholding tax.

"$87.2 million? Oh my gosh! That's crazy, I need something like that," admitted Steve Hart of West Oak Lane.

The winning numbers are 3-16-20-42-58 and the red Powerball is 7. It is likely that someone's life has been changed forever and they probably still don't even know it. The question now is who?

"You know what? God Bless em and hope they help some people out in the process and take care of their family and loved ones and just enjoy it," said Steve Wilkins of East Norriton, Montgomery County.

At a time when many malls across the region are feeling the crunch of the economic slump, the operators of Plymouth Meeting Mall welcome the news.

"It's creating a whole new excitement at the center which is something that we need and that we really want," said Melanie Messina, the mall's spokeswoman.

Just for selling the winning Powerball ticket the mall gets a $100,000 bonus. No decision yet on what they'll do with the money.

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