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Delavan gas station sells winning $1 million Powerball ticket

Published On: Nov 26 2012 08:53:15 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 27 2012 03:40:02 PM CST
DELAVAN, Wis. -

Just in time for the holidays, a Walworth County man has hit a million-dollar Powerball jackpot.

Roger Cobb of Darien missed the top prize in Saturday's drawing by one number. He matched all five regular winning numbers but he didn't get the Powerball.

Still, that was good enough to win $1 million. Cobb is taking the money as a lump sum, which works out to $672,500 after taxes.

Lottery officials said Cobb has declined to take part in a news conference, as some winners do.

The ticket was purchased at the Mobil Mart at the corner of East Geneva Street and Borg Road in Delavan.

Vicki Gomez, who works at Mobil Mart, sold the winning ticket to Cobb.

"Oh yeah, we were excited," Gomez said. "That's a lot of money for us, so we're all excited."

Gomez said she found out about the winning ticket on Sunday morning. On Monday, she learned that she is the one who sold the winning ticket to Cobb. He stopped by the store to let the staff know about the win.

Cobb works in the mailroom at the Janesville Gazette's printing plant. His boss said Cobb stopped by already and informed him that he'll be cutting back his work hours.

The Mobil Mart has been very busy since word started to spread that the store sold a winning Powerball ticket.

"Since 6 o'clock this morning, it's been non-stop with ticket (sales), so I've been selling them," Gomez said.

The store said it will get 2 percent of the big win -- $20,000.

The store also sold a $3 million winning lottery ticket a few years ago but no one claimed it.

No one won Saturday's grand prize, which now rolls over to Wednesday's drawing. The jackpot now stands at $500 million, or a cash value of $327 million.

Wisconsin's last big Powerball jackpot came last month when a Milwaukee woman won $1 million.

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