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Powerball consolation: $1M tickets sold in Larchmont, W. Haverstraw

Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga.

Red Datts buys Powerball tickets in Savannah, Ga. The $580 million jackpot is the largest in Powerball history. (Nov. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

The Hudson Valley didn't take home the $579.9 million Powerball jackpot, but two ticket buyers, one in Larchmont and another in West Haverstraw, got some sweet consolation -- $1 million each.

Powerball officials announced Thursday that the winning jackpot tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri, but that four million-dollar tickets were dispensed in New York.

Rakesh Patel, owner of the Corner Store on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont, said the $1 million ticket is by far the biggest winner he has sold.

"We've had $10,000 or $20,000 scratch-offs, but the $1 million (prize) is the first one for me," he said.

The identities of the second prize winners remained a mystery, but Patel said he hopes the person who bought the ticket at his store pays a return visit.

"Hopefully the guy comes by," he said. "It would be nice."

The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and a Powerball of 6. The jackpot winners had to beat the odds of 175,223,510 to 1 and get every number to take the top prize. The $1 million winners had to match five numbers, but not the Powerball and had to overcome odds of 1 in 5,153,632.65.

"Customers came in first thing this morning and said, 'You have a winner!' I didn't even know until they told me," said Angel Caballero, the store manager at the Hess Mart on Route 9W South in West Haverstraw, where another million-dollar ticket was sold.

The other two winning New York State tickets were purchased in the Bronx and in Commack on Long Island.

Patel said he couldn't resist buying Powerball tickets himself.

"I didn't get lucky," he said. "I'm happy one of my customers got lucky."

Patel said his stationery store, which sells greeting cards, toys, picture frames and gifts, sold a $2.5 million New York State Lottery ticket before he bought it 12 years ago.

It was not immediately clear whether the winning jackpot tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups. Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday morning they had no information on that state's winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. Lottery officials in Missouri did not immediately respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.

Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in the run-up to Wednesday's drawing, the big money enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery to purchase a shot at the second-largest payout in U.S. history.

Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide -- about six times the volume from a week ago. That pushed the jackpot even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.

With Angela Gual and The Associated Press

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