The manager of a BP Station and Dunkin' Donuts in Broomall, Pennsylvania, is hoping the news that his store sold a $1 million-winning US Porwerball ticket will bring in some extra custom.
The ticket in question matched five of the numbers drawn on Saturday,
March 15, and quickly became a hot topic of conversation among local
Venktash Shah is not sure which member of his staff sold the winning ticket, but he is convinced the news of the big win will cause more lottery players to visit his store.
The owner of the winning ticket has yet to claim their prize, but Shah remains confident his prediction will come true. "People will come," he reaffirmed earlier this week.
"I came by because my son told me they sold a big winner in here," one lotto player admitted, helping to prove the truth of Shah's words.
But not all Shah's customers agree that the sale of a $1 million ticket is such a good omen.
Nurse Maeve Milligan visits the store almost every day, usually accompanied by friends from her nursing job. "We stop here on the way to work all the time," Milligan said, but then added she feared the odds were against a second big winner being sold at the store. "I feel like I lost my chance," she sighed.
If Shan has become infected with lottery fever himself the symptoms are only mild. When asked if he ever bought tickets he replied. "I do when it gets up in the $100s of millions. You have to be in the game to win."