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Ct. man claims he lost $254M Powerball ticket

Nov 6, 2011, 8:45 am

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Someone in Connecticut bought a lottery ticket worth $254 million — but, so far, nobody knows who it is.

Powerball officials say someone in Fairfield County bought a Powerball ticket matching all six winning numbers — 12, 14, 34, 39, 46, and 36.  Local rumor has it that the ticket was sold at Belltown Superette in Stamford, a store with a reputation for selling winning tickets.

"My grandfather right here, number 29. He played my aunt's ... that's my aunt's birthday. He won $1 million," Alexis Nanos told ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven.

Now there's a rather strange new twist in the case of the winning Powerball Lottery ticket.  The owner of a convenience store says a man came in claiming to have bought the winning numbers.

There's just one problem and it's a big problem — he says lost the ticket.

The man says he bought the ticket at Belltown Superette in Stamford.

"He said it's his number, but he can't find the ticket lost ticket, so I don't know what to say. (How upset was he?) A little upset," said Suni Patel, the owner of the store.

She says that the man works for the Stamford Sanitation Department.  He claims he bought the ticket and has the winning numbers, but he just doesn't have the ticket.

Whether it's true or not the lottery business is suddenly booming for Ms. Patel and her husband's store.

As for the mystery millionaire 254 times over, Suni is optimistic.  She has to be — she would get a commission.

"I hope he can find it, believe me," Patel said.

If the guy who says he lost the winning ticket actually bought the winning ticket, he has six months to file a claim, but he's got to prove he bought it.

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