Sinh Truong, co-owner of the Far East and Asian Grocery on North Townsend Street (between St. Joseph's Hospital and Assumption Church ) says customers started coming in early this morning, asking for details on the ticket that matched five numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing. He told us he has not heard unofficially, and has not heard anything from the lottery, but expects to after the holiday weekend.
It's the biggest winning ticket the store has sold, but customers like Mary Louise Daniels who buys her lottery tickets here regularly, says it's a lucky store. 'We've had a $700 winner, a $200 winner, people bouth tickets in here, thousand dollar winners,' she told us.
'That's pretty cool' Davy Braxton told us, while biking by on Monday afternoon. He says you'd never think that much money would be in this neighborhood.
Owner Truong says his customers, mostly Vietnamese, but also many Burmese, Nepalese and Indians who've settled in the well-kept area of the North Side, do not speak much if any English, but they buy a lot of tickets. And they were buying today, hoping lightning would strike twice.
The store will not get any extra money from the winning ticket sale, because not all the numbers matched (the winner had the Powerball wrong). But Truong still hopes to see an economic benefit from the win, in the form of more customers. 'We bring some luck for them,' he says.
The numbers drawn on Saturday were 13, 14, 41, 49, 59 with a Powerball of 14