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Winning, $50 million Powerball ticket sold in St. Pete

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Check your Powerball tickets -- someone in St. Petersburg has hit the $50 million jackpot in Wednesday night's drawing and the mystery winner still hasn't come forward.

"It was a regular day and I just get that phone call, that I've never gotten before, from the Lottery Commission," said Sweetbay Manager Melanie Summers. "Did you think it was a joke?," we asked. "Yeah, I pretty much thought it was a joke and he told me I sold the winning Powerball ticket," she said.

Summers was beaming. Her store on 34th Street North in St. Pete will close out the year with a big win and so will the mystery owner of the $50 million Powerball ticket.

"Oh definitely, definitely, that is a big number," said Summers. "Especially for one winner."

But so far, no one has stepped forward to the Florida Lottery Commission or the store to claim it.

"They can come in here and confirm it is a winner, but they can't cash it," laughed Summers, as Sweetbay doesn't exactly keep $50 million lying around.

It was a Quick Pick ticket and bought just Wednesday night, the same night as the drawing. There's a real excitement in the store as word got around, that a millionaire could be walking the aisles.

"Couple people took off and ran to go check their Powerball tickets, because they're excited because they bought their ticket here, but so far we haven't seen that winner," said Summers.

She estimates at least 80 percent of their employees play the lottery, but no one's come forward yet.

"Not yet and nobody's called-in sick," said Summers, smiling.

"You think you sold the winner?," we asked Chel Personius, who is the Service Employee of the Month at that Sweetbay store. "I don't know, I hope I did!," laughed Personius, who like many employees, did a double-take when she saw all of the red Powerball balloons everywhere in the store.

"I couldn't, I was shocked," she laughed.

Tyler Rogers, who was working behind the Customer Service desk where the tickets are sold, said people keep checking their tickets over and over.

"I think they're just still kind of wishing that maybe they still have the ticket," said Rogers. "Even if they didn't play Powerball."

"What would you do with $50 million?" we asked Walter Lewis. "Oh, I think I'd invest in some stocks, dividends, and maybe a chain of steakhouses and get the money rolling again," said Lewis, who lamented he did not have the winning ticket, but sure wished he did!

"Yeah, that would be so nice wouldn't it?," said Lewis smiling.

Sweetbay also gets a kick back from the lottery for selling the winning ticket, so they're pumped about that. They're not sure yet what that number is.

In case you missed it, the drawing was Wednesday night and the winning numbers are: 11, 13, 23, 43, 54 and the Powerball was 4.

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