Tuesday November 19 2013 â€“ The owner of the New York bakery which sold Saturdayâ€™s jackpot winning Powerball ticket has told local reporters that he knows who the lucky winner is after he received a phone call from them out of the blue.
â€œI know the winner, a good customer who is here almost every day,â€ Salah Al-Sulaimani, owner of Roccoâ€™s Bakery in Brighton Beach, told CBS Local reporter Hazel Sanchez yesterday. â€œIâ€™m happy that it was somebody from my store and it came out of my hand and Iâ€™m happy for that person as well. So hopefully, everybody benefits out of this.â€
According to Salah, the mysterious winner buys tickets from his Brighton Beach store on â€œan almost dailyâ€ basis and has had one or two small wins in the past, but nothing to rival this $130 million Powerball jackpot.
When it came to naming the lucky winner however, Salah remained adamant that he wouldnâ€™t be giving out any further details. â€œItâ€™s confidential â€“ all Iâ€™ll say is that itâ€™s a regular customer.â€
Salah first discovered that he sold the winning ticket when the player called him with the good news. However, Salah didnâ€™t believe him and assumed the call was a prank until he got a second call from the New York Lottery confirming the playerâ€™s story.
â€œThey said congratulations, you guys sold the winning Powerball ticket,â€ Salah explained. â€œWords canâ€™t describe how I felt. I was doing cartwheels!â€
The bakery stands to receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket and news of the win has already spread throughout the community, with many residents visiting the store to congratulate Salah and purchase lottery tickets in the hope of buying their own slice of luck!
LotteryWorld will bring you more on this story when the identity of the winner has been confirmed.
In Other Powerball News
The owner of a winning Powerball ticket worth $465,539 has failed to come forward despite efforts from the California Lottery to locate him.
As we reported earlier this month, CCTV images of the mysterious winner were released in a final bid to track down the missing Match 5 winner but the winner still failed to make himself known to lottery officials before the deadline of 17.00 yesterday.
The prize money has now been allocated to Californiaâ€™s public school system.