Someone in the area may be rich: Powerball jackpot ticket sold at Marshall location (UPDATE: 11:05 a.m. April 22)
Update 11:05 a.m.: Missourinet reports that Chris Shaw is the winner of the Powerball jackpot.
Update 11:01 a.m.: An employee of a central Missouri convenience store may be the winner of the biggest lottery jackpot in state history, according to The Associated Press.
The Lottery hasn't confirmed the identity of the winner of Wednesday's drawing, and a Lottery spokeswoman said it could take up to a day to verify the ticket.
But the general manager of the Break Time convenience store chain in Marshall -- where the winning $258.5 million ticket was sold -- was doing a phone interview with The Associated Press Thursday when an employee came in and said he had the winning ticket.
Jackie Maxwell said the man is in his 20s and had worked at the store for only a couple of months.
Maxwell says lottery officials, who were at the store, checked the employee's ticket and left the store with him.
A Powerball ticket sold in Marshall matched all six Powerball numbers drawn last night to win the $258.5 million jackpot, the largest jackpot prize ever won in Missouri and the 10th largest Powerball jackpot awarded nationwide.
That ticket was sold at Break Time, 1000 W. College in Marshall, according to a news release from the state lottery office.
The winning numbers are: 11, 34, 41, 49, 55 and the Powerball number was 20.
"If you buy Powerball tickets at this location, please find them and check them closely," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "If you discover you're holding the winning ticket, make sure you sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to a Missouri Lottery office. You may also want to get some legal and financial advice before you claim."
Missouri Lottery offices are located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. Maps to each office can be found on the "Contact Us" page of the Lottery's Web site at Molottery.com.
"Of the 44 Powerball member lotteries, Missouri is still ranked second in terms of the number of jackpot winners with this win making 26," said Reardon. "We've awarded more than $1.5 billion in Powerball jackpots alone since Powerball began in 1992."
The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which would be Oct. 18.
The winner can select to get the jackpot prize in 30 payments over 29 years (annuity) or in one lump-sum payment worth $124,875,122 before taxes.
If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.
Break Time will also receive a bonus check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.
"The jackpot winner and Break Time are not the only ones to benefit from this record jackpot," said Reardon. "Public education benefits, too. Missouri Powerball sales for this jackpot run, which started March 14, were more than $8.5 million and more than $3.4 million of those sales will benefit public education."
In addition to the jackpot winner from last night's drawing, Missouri players won $244,442 in other prizes ranging from $3 to $10,000.
"If you missed out on buying a ticket for this jackpot, you're still in luck," said Reardon. "The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night's drawing is estimated at $166 million."
For more information, go to Molottery.com.