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Second place Powerball winner bought ticket at Smithtown shop

Mr. Tobacco in Smithtown is shown. According to

Mr. Tobacco in Smithtown is shown. According to the New York Lottery, the store sold a $1 million second-prize ticket for the Powerball drawing on Jan. 9, 2016. Credit: Ed Betz

One of 25, $1 million second-place winners in Saturday’s Powerball lottery drawing purchased the ticket from the Mr. Tobacco cigar shop on Singer Lane in Smithtown.

But the identity of the winner remained a mystery.

“We don’t know the ID of the winners as they have not yet come forward,” Lottery spokesman Lee Park said Sunday morning in an email.

But Park confirmed that in New York second place tickets were sold at Mr. Tobacco and at Chef Hong Inc. in Queens and Stewart’s Shops in upstate Valatie.

No ticket matched all six Powerball numbers following the drawing for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million, boosting the expected payout for the next drawing to a staggering $1.3 billion.

The winning Powerball numbers were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order. The odds to win the largest lottery prize in U.S. history were one in 292.2 million.

Dan Walsh, who works at the Mr. Tobacco in Smithtown, started opening up the cigar shop shortly before 9 a.m., not knowing he could have a big day ahead of him.

Walsh said it was not until Newsday called that he knew that one of the second place winners in Saturday’s Powerball lottery drawing was a customer at the store.

“I haven’t heard anything about it,” Walsh said when he was called shortly before the store’s 9 a.m. Sunday opening.

After doing little investigating, about a half-hour later Walsh confirmed the ticket had been sold at the store.

“We don’t know who it was or when it was purchased,” Walsh said. “No one has come in yet (to claim their winnings).”

Walsh said that to his knowledge it is the first time the store, which has been located at its current 17 Singer Lane location about three years, has sold a lottery ticket with a big payoff.

“Not since we moved to this location,” Walsh said when asked about selling any previous big winners. He said that at the store’s former site across the street there were some lottery winners but they won nowhere near $1 million.

“We probably had a few,” Walsh said. “But never anything in the millions.”

Park said the store that sells a lottery ticket gets a 6 percent commission on all sales and if a New York -based retailer sells a jackpot winning ticket, they get a $10k bonus.

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