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Sunday, May 19 2013 02:19 PM

Powerball winner bought $2.3 million ticket in Taft

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    By AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

    A man looks at the electronic ad for Powerball Jackpot of $475 million at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif. Thursday, May 16, 2013. The multistate lottery's website said the Powerball drawing jackpot has soared to of at least $550 million for next drawing held Saturday.

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BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer jburger@bakersfield.com

Someone who shopped a Taft mini-market may be a multi-millionaire today after the ticket they bought came within one number of the jackpot in Saturday's $590.5 million Powerball drawing.

But even five numbers is worth $2.3 million, according to the California Lottery -- which administers the national Powerball game.

According to California Lotto press releases two 7-Eleven stores in California, one in San Jose and one at 1124 6th Street in Taft, sold tickets containing five of the six winning numbers in the Lottery. Both tickets missed only the Powerball number.

California Lottery Spokesman Donna Cordova said no one had yet contacted lottery offices to claim the Taft ticket.

But she encouraged any winner to sign the back of the ticket in ink, keep the ticket in a safe place and contact a California Lottery office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days to claim the prize, according to the Lottery press release.

Employees at the Taft 7-Eleven declined to comment for the story on Sunday.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery which launched operations in California in the beginning of April.

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