Indian-American gets $1 million for selling jackpot ticket of $1.5 billion
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Balbir Atwal’s 7-Eleven convenience store in Chino Hills, California, experienced sudden celebrity on Wednesday afternoon as the seller of one of the three Powerball winning lotteries with a record jackpot of $1.5 billion.
The owner of the winning ticket — who gets $528.8 million in a three-way split of the biggest jackpot in US history —remains unidentified, but Atwal became richer by $1 million for selling it.
“I feel very good, some lucky customer came here and made me famous,” Atwal, 57, told The Washington Post.
The other two winners
are from Tennessee and Florida, and they both remained unidentified, which winners prefer predictably to not invite unwanted attention.
A part of the bonus money
will go to 7-Eleven and Atwal, who emigrated to the US from Punjab in 1981 and owns three other stores, plans to use his share to help his employees and young people go to college.
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A man takes a selfie with Balbir Atwal (C), owner of the 7-Eleven store in California where a winning ticket was sold.