LAPLACE, La. - At The Pitt Stop Petroleum Number One store on Airline Highway in LaPlace, the sign quickly went up on the wall. Somebody bought a Powerball ticket here, and it is now worth $1 million. The word spread quickly, so did the excitement.
"Oh, it's been crazy, it's been very crazy," said Pitt Stop Manager Mona Greenup. "Everybody in and out, everybody asking who won. They're all excited, they really want to know who won."
The winning ticket matched the numbers on the five white balls in Wednesday night's drawing, but missed the Powerball number that would have won the big prize.
"I was so excited, because I stay right down the street, and I was like, 'Oh my God, somebody won in LaPlace!" smiled Customer Racquel Carter. "I was excited. I played, and unfortunately I had one number, and not the Powerball number. Tears."
"I was like, Oh my God, is it my ticket, because I had a couple of tickets, but it wasn't," said Sonya Williams. "But I was excited, because you never get winners with the Powerball here."
They might not have won, but customers felt the thrill that they may know the new millionaire..
"It's possible, I could have," said Pitt Stop Clerk Lea Joseph, when asked if she thought she sold the winning ticket. "I was very busy last night, customer after customer with the Powerball and Lottos."
"I shop here every day, two times sometimes a day, and I buy all my lottery tickets, and scratch tickets so, better luck next time, I guess," said Williams.
The store gets its own prize, one percent of the winnings, in this case $10,000. And we'll just have to see whether lottery sales pick up here as people hope the luck continues.