Canaan store sells $2 million Powerball ticket

4:44 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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CANAAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Last month's Powerball drawing brought a big prize to one man in Canaan.

A winning ticket worth $2 million was sold to a customer at the 'Canaan Superette.' It was purchased by Jim Lovell who is an unemployed truck driver who stops by the store often to play the powerball. Lovell's winning was a second prize in the drawing worth $1 million. He did however play the power play option, which doubled his winnings to $2 million.

Staff at the store who were on hand when Lovell purchased and turned in his ticket said they couldn't be happier for him and were just proud to share in the joy.

"I ran it through the machine and it said file claim form and then I was like 'oh my gosh...this is so exciting...I get to tell someone they're a millionaire so', " said Traci Knowlton, who collected Lovell's ticket when he turned it in.

"It couldn't happen to a nicer guy ya know," said Susan Marshall, who sold Lovell the ticket, "and just knowing that it was just somebody from town and that shops here...ya know...all the just it was really great."

Jim Lovell was unable to speak with NEWS CENTER on camera about the win. He did however say he has collected his winnings  and choose to take an instant payout of $1.4 million. He added that part of that has already been used to buy a new truck.


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