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Mahwah's 'Lucky' 7 Eleven Waiting for $1M Powerball Winner to Claim Prize

Employees at the Franklin Turnpike store say they were excited to find out they sold the winning ticket

A new sign on the door and enthusiastic smiles from the staff of the 7 Eleven on Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah are immediately letting customers know how excited the staff is to have sold a $1M winning lottery ticket.

7 Eleven Manager Bob Patel said he is having a sign created touting the sale, which NJ Lottery officials announced Monday was the second prize in Saturday’s Powerball Jackpot drawing. The $338M grand prize winning ticket was sold in Passaic.

For now, Patel placed a paper sign on the front door that reads, ‘Lucky Store: 1 Million Dollar Ticket Sold Here.’

“It’s a very lucky store now, for me as well as for everybody,” he said.

Since opening in the Gateway Center over three years ago, Patel said the store has sold lottery tickets, but has never had a customer win this large a prize. Patel said the biggest prize he's ever had a customer win was around $7,000.

And, the staff of the store is anxious to find out just who the lucky lotto winner is. As of late Monday afternoon, NJ Lottery officials confirmed that no one had claimed the prize.

According to ABC News, the winner of the $338M ticket, 44-year-old Pedro Quezada, returned to Eagle Liquors in Passaic Monday afternoon to validate his winning ticket. Lottery officials have yet to confirm the win, the report said.

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