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Erie County Lottery player won big on Saturday's Powerball drawing


Tue, Jan 12th 2016 11:00 am

$50,000 ticket sold at 7-Eleven in Amherst

While the Powerball jackpot continues to grow, a lucky Erie County Lottery player won $50,000 on a ticket sold at 7-Eleven at 4950 Harlem Road in Amherst.

"While no one hit the jackpot prize, dozens of New Yorkers are vastly richer thanks to Powerball," said Gardner Gurney, director of the Division of the Lottery. "New Yorkers are cashing-in big time on history."

The Lottery encourages everyone who buys a New York Lottery draw game ticket to check their tickets again, as they could be holding a winner. Tickets expire one year after the game's drawing.

The winner may claim the ticket at any one of the Lottery's customer service centers statewide, including the Buffalo office at 165 Genesee St., or at Hamburg Gaming at the Fairgrounds at 5820 South Park Ave. To learn more about how to redeem a prize, click HERE.

This history-making Powerball jackpot has skyrocketed sales statewide to $155.8 million for drawings leading up to and including Saturday's record jackpot drawing. Since this Powerball jackpot began on Nov. 7, New Yorkers buying Powerball tickets have contributed more than $54.5 million in aid to education.

The next drawing is Wednesday, Jan. 13, with the jackpot now set at $1.4 billion. It is the biggest Powerball jackpot ever, largest jackpot prize of any lottery game in U.S. history, and the biggest lottery prize ever offered in the world that can be won with a single ticket.

If no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball for Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow. Tickets cost $2 per game and can be purchased until 10 p.m. EST.

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to this jackpot, the largest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million won in Florida in May 2013.

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