HOUSTON - The Texas Lotto Commission confirms 37-year-old Philip A. Pyle II of Houston won a Powerball prize worth $1 million during Wednesday night's drawing.
Pyle matched five of five numbers but failed to hit the Powerball. The jackpot for the lotto game is now $356 million.
TxLottery.org reports the $1,000,000 ticket was sold at the Heights Food Mart at 130 Heights Boulevard. Pyle used the quick pick option to match five out of five numbers. The Powerball Winning Numbers for Aug. 9 were 12 30 36 47 62, Powerball-9.
Since the Thursday morning announcement, cashiers at the Food Mart have sold hundreds of tickets for the next drawing on Saturday.
“They think it’s a lucky store, so they want to get their ticket,” said Smita Patel, who’s owned the convenience store for 22 years. This is the first time she’s sold a winning lotto ticket.
“Yes! And they’re all coming to me, 'Was it ours? Was it ours?' And I’m like, 'No, sorry,'” said Adriana Sanchez.
For years, she’s walked into the Heights Food Mart to 21 Powerball tickets for her office pool.
“It just means that we’re close. We’re this much closer, because we’re going to the right store," she said.
Winner Pyle told KHOU 11 News he doesn’t normally play the lottery, but the $300 million jackpot convinced him to stop at the store, which is near his house. He says he’s already claimed his prize which, according to Pyle, is about $650,000 after taxes.
The local graphic designer doesn’t plan to quit his day job. The 37-year-old father says instead, he will use the money to care for his baby girl.
Pyle says the winning Powerball number was 9. The Powerball number on his card was 19.
There were no jackpot winners Wednesday night, so the Powerball is now up to an estimated $356 million. The Mega Millions is also high right now at an estimated $382 million. This is the first time both jackpots are more than $300 million at the same time.
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