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Million-dollar lottery ticket sold in Radcliff

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Saturday's Powerball jackpot estimated at $550 million

By Ben Sheroan

A convenience store next to the railroad track on Radcliff's northern edge has a millionaire among its customers.

Smitty's sold a Powerball ticket that came one number short of winning the national jackpot, according to the Kentucky Lottery Commission.

Howard "Smitty" Ford, who has operated the store for the last nine years, said he doesn't have any idea who won the prize.

The lottery corporation encourages the ticket holder to sign the back of the ticket immediately. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize.

Ford's business will share in his customer's good fortune, too. The retailer receives $10,000 — 1 percent of the prize — for selling the winning ticket.

Because Wednesday night's jackpot was $360 million, lottery officials report brisk sales. Ford said lottery sales at Smitty's also pick up when the payoff builds, but the customers all are regulars.

The store is at 1601 N. Logsdon Parkway, near the intersection with Hill Street, making it one of the last stops before Fort Knox.

Wednesday's winning numbers were 2–11–26–34–41 and the Powerball was 32. To win the million, the ticket had to correctly match the first five numbers. Missing the Powerball means missing the multi-million dollar prize.

The lottery said Radcliff's winner marks the 13th $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Kentucky since the game odds and jackpots were revised in January 2012. One of these winners won $2 million by also choosing the Power Play bonus feature.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot climbed to an estimated $550 million, making it the second largest jackpot for the Powerball game.