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One of two winning Florida Lotto tickets from Port St. Lucie

Apr 21, 2006, 7:42 am

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The Cumberland Farms store on Floresta Drive was a revolving door of media and frequent customers who had heard the news Thursday morning that one lucky Florida Lottery player bought the winning ticket there.

By 11:30 a.m., store clerk Keri Frosch stopped curious people short and just said with a smile, "No, we don't know who it is."

But she does know that receipts show about 4,000 people bought tickets Wednesday night alone.

"When it's that high it happens," Frosch said, referring to high ticket sales. "When it goes up to $82 million, forget it."

The small store, tucked away in a strip mall across the street from Floresta Elementary School, was packed with customers at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Many appeared to have stopped on their way home from work to pick up tickets. The line at times stretched to the back of the store, while customers chatted about the odds of winning.

The winner who bought the ticket in Port St. Lucie will split the jackpot with whomever purchased another ticket in Lady Lake matching all six Florida Lotto numbers. The winning numbers picked Wednesday were 12-13-17-27-32-36.

The news comes with a bonus for each store: $30,000 for its owner. Frosch said Cumberland Farms' owner lives in Massachusetts and hadn't yet heard the news Thursday morning.

Wednesday night's jackpot was the fourth largest in Florida history, said Florida Lottery Communications Director Albert Bea. The estimated $82 million jackpot includes 10 rollovers.

But a winner isn't a winner until the ticket arrives in Tallahassee.

Winning ticketholders must bring the ticket and two forms of identification to the state headquarters, he said. And the ticketholder has 180 days to get there.

"But we expect those folks in sooner than that," Bea said.

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