A $5 million “jackpot” winning lottery ticket was sold in Shamrock, according to the Texas Lottery Commission.
A lucky person matched all the Wednesday winning numbers for the “Lotto Texas” game, which were 1-25-35-42-48-51.
“We will not know who won until the prize is claimed,” said Kelly Cripe, director of media relations for the lottery commission.
The ticket was sold at Garrison Food Mart, a convenience store at 1627 N. Main St. in Shamrock, about 90 miles east of Amarillo near the Oklahoma border.
It was a quick pick, meaning a machine picked the six numbers at random.
“I can’t believe it,” store manager Suzie Goodwin said. “We’re all kind of in shock, waiting on someone to come claim it.”
Goodwin said the winner was likely a traveler since the store is located along busy Interstate 40.
But some in the 1,900-population town were hoping they were a newly minted millionaire, she said.
“We’ve had people go home and grab their tickets and come back, just hearts beating in anticipation,” she said. “Oh, it’s something to watch, that’s for sure.”
At the time of purchase, the winner picked a lump-sum payment option, meaning they will earn about $3.5 million before taxes in a single payout, Cripe said.
The store gets a $50,000 bonus, or 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the ticket.
Goodwin said she hoped to use it on upgrading bathrooms.
“We need ‘em bad,” she said, adding that there were long lines during the Thanksgiving travel season.
“I’m ecstatic for whoever won it,” she said, “and for the company because they are awesome people that we work for.”