MERRIMACK, N.H. — One after another, they paraded into Reeds Ferry Market on Monday, a steady stream of Sam Safa’s loyal customers. All focused on an odds-defying, life-altering mystery.
The winning Powerball ticket drawn Saturday night had been sold in this neighborhood store, carrying a jackpot of $560 million. But as of Monday evening, the winner had not claimed the prize, fueling runaway speculation and putting residents on high alert for any clues, gossip, or tidbits of information that might unmask the newly minted half-a-billionaire.
“Were you the lucky one?’’ Safa asked again and again, a broad smile creasing his face.