On Sunday afternoon, Patel was still selling beer, cigarettes, and - of course - lottery tickets from behind the bulletproof glass that protects the counter at Federal Beer. Outside, neighborhood residents marveled at the win - and hoped one of their own had snagged the jackpot.
"I play there all the time; I've got a whole bunch [of lottery tickets] at home I haven't looked at," said Jimmy Greene of Pennsport. "I just don't know if I'm the one."
Across the street, Michael Henry watched news vans drive down Federal Street to cluster outside Patel's shop.
"I've never bought a ticket there," he said, "but I'm thinking about going now."
Only a single winning ticket was sold in Saturday's drawing - with the numbers 13-19-23-33-57, and the red Powerball 28, lottery officials said Sunday on Facebook.
It's still unknown who bought the ticket, but Patel hopes it was one of his regular customers. Not many buy tickets. Most just focus on the cases of beer stacked high throughout the store, he said.
The customer's win is Patel's win, as well.
As the ticket retailer, he will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. He plans to distribute the money among his three employees and put the rest into a college fund for his 5-month-old twins.
He'll put aside some, he said, for a trip to Disney World once the children, a boy and a girl, can walk.
"They're my world," he said.
For a small beer distributor in a small neighborhood, the win means a lot, and hopefully, Patel said, someone from down the block or around the corner will reap its benefits.
"The neighborhood people - they're the ones that give me business," he said. "And that's a lot of money. It can change a lot of people's lives."
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