Powerball jackpot hit at a liquor store, not truck stop

Posted: March 26, 2013

The Powerball ticket that won Saturday's $338.3 million jackpot was not purchased at a Bordentown, N.J., truck stop by a trucker from Delaware.

State officials revealed the true sales location - the Eagle Liquor store in Passaic - at a morning news conference.

The cash jackpot - $211 million - is the second most ever won by a single ticket in U.S. lottery history, and nobody has won so much in New Jersey before.

The winning numbers: 17, 29, 31, 52 and 53, with a Powerball of 31.

Two Pennsylvania tickets and another sold in New Jersey also won $1 million for matching the first five numbers.

Isaiah DeVries, a manager at Love's Truck & Travel in Bordentown, told various media outlets that a trucker called about 11 p.m. Sunday to say he bought the winning Powerball ticket there. The driver said he lived in Delaware but the call ended before giving his name.

Apparently, the man was mistaken.

The potential cash payout is topped only by the $224 million won in August by a single Michigan Powerball ticket. A handful of bigger cash jackpots were split among multiple winners.

The annuity jackpot ranks eighth all-time.

See " Biggest jackpot winners in U.S. lottery history."

The previous New Jersey record was a $258 million Mega Millions jackpot won in September 2005 by Harold and Helen Lerner of Rutherford, Bergen County.

As a result of the win, Wednesday's jackpot will be worth $40 million for the annuity, $25 million for the cash.

For more, go to www.powerball.com, www.njlottery.net, or www.palottery.com.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

The Inquirer's Aubrey Whelan contributed to this article.

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