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$40,000 winning Powerball ticket bought in Jonesboro

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

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

The winner matched four white ball numbers plus the red Powerball to win. He or she also purchased the "Power Play" option, which quadrupled the prize.

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

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

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

Jordan has worked at the Kum & Go more than two years and 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 the store," he said, "to show how we are proud of it."

Jordan now expects lottery ticket sales to spike ahead of the next Powerball drawing on Saturday, especially when word gets around that his 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 winnings coming in behind it.

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

State lottery officials are now encouraging anyone that purchased a Powerball ticket at the Kum & Go recently to check their numbers at the store or online.

Lottery claim centers are also located in Jonesboro, Little Rock, Springdale and Camden.

Another winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in Hope, AR, but the "Power Play" option was not purchased for that ticket.

The next Powerball drawing will be Saturday. You can see those winning numbers that night on Region 8 News at 10 p.m.

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