- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Mitchell is abuzz with talk about who won a $1 million Powerball prize.

The ticket sold in the city matched all five white numbers but missed the Powerball in Saturday’s drawing, winning the runner-up prize at odds of 1 in about 5 million.

The winner hasn’t come forward. People in the city of 15,250 residents hope it’s someone local and not a hunter from out of state, so that the money stays in the community, businessman Jack Robinson told The Daily Republic newspaper (https://bit.ly/1wDuVCT ).

Convenience store clerk Austin Sisneros said he isn’t sure whether his store is the one that sold the ticket - and thus eligible for a $20,000 bonus - but he is sure of one thing.

“I was jealous,” he said. “I wish I won a million dollars, but who wouldn’t?”

People who play the lottery like to dream about what they would do with a large payout, but with the expectation that they won’t win, South Dakota Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Thompson said.

“When they do, it’s a little overwhelming as to what they’ll actually do with it,” she said. “But the main thing we tell players is to enjoy it.”

Powerball is played in 44 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing stood at an estimated $142 million on Tuesday.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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