DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Aug. 6 about the latest Powerball jackpot, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a single winner could win a lump-sum payment of about $244.7 million after taxes. That amount would be before taxes.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Stores with rich Powerball history seen as lucky
During Powerball frenzy, stores that sold past winning tickets reap the benefits
By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When word got out that a southeast Pennsylvania 7-Eleven sold a $1 million Powerball ticket on Saturday, superstitious dreamers began pouring into the store in the hopes that luck would strike twice.
For jackpots as big as Wednesday's Powerball pot, which stood at an estimated $425 million Tuesday, convenience stores, gas stations and newsstands throughout the 43 states and other places where the game is played are deluged by ticket requests, including many from those who only play for massive jackpots they see as life-changing.
It's not just ticketholders who benefit from a lottery win, but the stores like the one in Langhorne, Pa., which sold Saturday's $1 million ticket. In addition to the bonus money the lottery gives to stores that sell tickets that win big, the retailers receive media coverage that can last for days and best of all, get a boost from becoming known as the place that sold a winning ticket.
"The manager said people were pouring into her store wanting to buy lottery tickets," 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said, referring to the Langhorne store. "They were of course really excited that one of their customers had won."
At a Casey's General Store in Bondurant, Iowa, everyone knows it's the place where a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot ticket was sold to a local woman in September. Asked what types of questions the store gets when the jackpots get huge, assistant manager Debra Fetters said: "Does lightning strike twice here?"
The estimated $425 million jackpot for Wednesday's drawing would fetch a single winner a lump-sum payment of about $244.7 million. Although it wasn't close to the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won in May by a Florida woman, jackpots as big as Wednesday's bring in casual players, meaning it could jump considerably before the drawing.
"If it surpasses Wednesday's drawing, we would be in world record territory," said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. The world's highest lottery jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in March 2012.
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