The $34 million question swirling through the central Massachusetts town of Sterling is a simple one: Who is she?
According to the Massachusetts Lottery, the Appletown Market in Sterling sold a ticket entitling the winner to half of Wednesday’s night Powerball grand prize. The total cash value of the winning pot is $68 million, meaning the Sterling ticket is worth $34,182,985.55 each if the winners select the cash payout.
The annuity value of the pot is $122.9 million, giving the Sterling ticket an annuity value of $61.4 million, according to the lottery.
Officials said the other Powerball winning ticket was sold in Nebraska.
No one has so far contacted the lottery asking to come in and collect their check, lottery officials said this morning.
At the Appletown Market, long-time employee Andrea Roche said she has been told by at least one regular customer that the person who purchased the winning ticket is a woman.
And, Roche has been told, that woman lives in Sterling.
But the customer would not share the woman’s name with Roche, leading her and other residents to wonder aloud, “who is she?”
“Some people do know’’ who the winner is, Roche said. “The person that told me said that it is one of my customers and that I know who won and that it’s a girl. And that’s all he could give me.’’
But, Roche said, she has been told “it’s a person who lives in Sterling, which is also good.’’
Roche said, adding that the winning ticket was sold during the night shift, but she wasn’t sure what date or when.
According to the lottery, Chirag Patel, the owner of Appletown, will be paid $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The last time a Powerball jackpot was won in Massachusetts was on December 12, 2012 when Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington, coworkers at Costco won a $50 million jackpot.
They collected a cash payment of approximately $33 million, before taxes, according to the lottery.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.