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$40,000 winning Powerball ticket bought in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Powerball jackpot has now reached$320 million after the drawing Wednesday night, but a couple of winning ticketswere sold in Arkansas.

According to Julie Baldridge with the Arkansas ScholarshipLottery, a $40,000 ticket was purchased at the Kum & Go on 3105 StadiumBoulevard in Jonesboro.

The winner matched four white ball numbers plus the redPowerball to win. He or she also purchased the "Power Play" option, whichquadrupled the prize.

No one has come forward to claim the cash so far.

That has opened up speculation, as the convenience storethat sold the lucky ticket now hopes that the winner is one of their regularcustomers.

"That would be amazing," said General Manager Brian Jordan. "Alot of the regulars come in, we already know them personally; know their familyand things, so it would be nice to know that it's somebody we talk to on adaily basis."

Jordan has worked at the Kum & Go more than two yearsand has yet to see anyone else win this much money before.

"We're hoping once they come forward and they go to collect,we'll be able to get a poster of them and a picture of them to display in thestore," he said, "to show how we are proud of it."

Jordan now expects lottery ticket sales to spike ahead ofthe next Powerball drawing on Saturday, especially when word gets around thathis store sold a winning ticket.

"That brings a lot of luck," he said, "because [people]think hey, someone's already won there. There's going to be some more winningscoming in behind it.

"We're a lucky spot now," he added. "We finally sold a bigwinner."

State lottery officials are now encouraging anyone thatpurchased a Powerball ticket at the Kum & Go recently to check theirnumbers at the store or online.

Lotteryclaim centers are also located in Jonesboro, Little Rock, Springdale andCamden.

Another winning ticket worth$10,000 was sold in Hope, AR, but the "Power Play" option was notpurchased for that ticket.

The next Powerball drawing willbe Saturday. You can see those winning numbers that night on Region 8 News at10 p.m.

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