Powerball ticket worth $366M sold in Vermont

Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 9:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 4:52 PM EDT
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Someone who bought a lottery ticket in Vermont just got a whole lot richer! For the first time ever, Wednesday night’s $366.7 million Powerball jackpot was sold in the Green Mountain State, and while we don’t know who the winner is, one store in Middlebury is celebrating.

“It’s exciting. This is where I usually buy my ticket, but I didn’t buy one when I needed to obviously,” said Richard Peters. Luck wasn’t on the Orwell man’s side this time, but for one lucky winner, it was.

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot was set at 366.7 million and for the first time, the single winning ticket -- 8, 40, 49, 58, 63, and Powerball 14 -- was sold in Vermont.

“I come in the door and my cashier, Michelle, was waiting on another customer and they were going back and forth with, ‘No, we don’t know yet, no we don’t know yet.’ And Michelle looked at me and said ‘We sold the winning Powerball ticket.’ And I asked, ‘Well, how much was that?” And she said, ‘$366 million dollars.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my lord,’” said Deb Alger, the manager for the Middlebury Short Stop Jolley store. She says in her 28 years as store manager, she’s never had to prepare for this. “Never did I dream in 28 years -- or any time -- that I would sell the Powerball, and the first one in Vermont, that’s what’s really awesome.”

Andrew Collier, the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery says the winner has a year to claim the prize and there are some steps to take during that process. “Reach out to the staff at the Vermont Lottery and we’ll help you along with what steps you need to take. And I hope someone reaches out to an attorney or a financial planner just to make sure they’ll be taking the right steps,” he said.

Collier says the lucky winner can choose between payments over a 29-year period or a lump sum of roughly $208 million. Both options are prior to taxes. “There’s a federal tax and a state tax and those will eventually work their way back into the General Fund, which again helps Vermont communities and Vermonters. So, it’s a win-win for both for the players of Vermont and for the state as well,” he said.

Until a winner comes forward, folks we spoke to could only speculate what they would do with the loot. “I’d probably go fishing a lot more. Give a lot to charity, a lot to my family,” Peters said.

“Probably travel, probably give a lot of my family some money, help some people out, go anywhere I want to go, buy what I want to buy,” said Jasmin Gile of Middlebury.

“Old joe, keep on farming until it’s all gone,” said Edgar Butterfield of Middlebury.

The Middlebury Short Stop will collect a commission of $30,000.

More than 609,000 tickets won cash prizes in Powerball’s Wednesday night drawing, including one ticket in Illinois that matched all five white balls to win $1 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

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