September 2, 2007
It's the $82.5 million dollar question in Buckingham County where one lucky winner bought a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket last week.
It’s created quite a buzz around town: who could be holding that winning Mega Millions lottery ticket.
“Oh yes I am [the winner]. I’m just joking,” said Tony Glover of Buckingham County.
“Everybody is saying I won, I won, but who ever really is, is not saying anything,” said Appomattox County resident Virginia Williams.
She often stops at Ducks Corner store when she is passing through Buckingham County. That’s where one of four Mega Millions winning tickets was sold last week.
The real winner has been mum since those winning numbers were picked on Friday. And he or she is probably the only person not wondering whom the lucky winner is.
“You know a lot of my friends [have] been calling me and they thought I was. I wish I was the winner, my mother would be so happy, but no, it’s not me,” said Glover.
In this small knit community just about everybody knows everybody so if they didn't win the prize, then maybe someone they know did.
“I'm hoping it's a good friend of mine,” said Buddy Bryant; a good friend who won't mind sharing the wealth.
The $82.5 million dollar winning ticket was sold at Duck's Store and those who work there and come there hope the winner is someone who's walked through the doors many times.
“Hopefully someone in this community won the nice ticket,” said Williams.
“I think it will be good for the community and most people around here really need it,” said Litsa Trejo, Duck’s Corner store manager.
Hopefully, but there's a chance it was someone just passing through.
“So many people travel 60; there could be anybody [who] stopped in for a cup of coffee or a drink,” said Bryant.
Either way, whomever it might be, locals suggest the winner hold on tight to that ticket until they claim their prize.
“You better keep it in a safe place,” said Williams.
We may never know the identity of the winner. They could choose to remain anonymous.
The $330 million dollar jackpot will be split four ways. Customers at stores in Maryland, New Jersey and Texas as well as Buckingham County all hit it big.