A winning lottery ticket worth $2 million was sold at a convenience store in Howe on Wednesday, but the person who purchased the ticket has yet to come forward and claim the seven-figure prize.
The Texas Lottery Commission reports that the winning ticket was sold at the Howe Passport convenience store in the 100 block of North Collins Freeway. Texas Lottery Director of Communications Kelly Cripe said the ticket matched all five of the numbers drawn, and though it did not match the selected Powerball, the ticket holder did opt for the Power Play, doubling the prize amount from $1 million to $2 million.
“To my knowledge, no ticket that large has ever been purchased in Howe,” Howe Area Chamber of Commerce Director of of Economic Development Monte Walker said Thursday.
Walker said the winning ticket and its mysterious owner have been the talk of the town, but it was unclear whether the ticket holder was a resident of Howe.
“If those dollars are spent in our city, then that’s obviously huge for us,” Walker said. “The more dollars we can throw into our local ecosystem, then that is a wonderful opportunity and has the potential to do wonderful things in Howe. It just depends on how the money is stored or spent.”
A call seeking comment from Howe Passport wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. Cripe said the establishment would not receive a retailer bonus, because the ticket sold was not a jackpot winner. Retailers who sell a jackpot-winning ticket can receive up to a $1 million bonus from the Texas Lottery.
Cripe said the ticket holder will have 180 days from the purchase date to claim his or her winnings and may do so anonymously.
“I haven’t heard anything about who it might have been,” Walker said. “I just hope that they’ll be generous and possibly donate toward one of our ball fields or something. Wouldn’t that be nice?”