In­dian-Amer­i­can gets $1 mil­lion for sell­ing jack­pot ticket of $1.5 bil­lion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­done­sian po­lice take cover be­hind a ve­hi­cle as they pur­sue sus­pects af­ter a se­ries of blasts hit Jakarta on Thurs­day.

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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REUTERS

A man takes a selfie with Bal­bir At­wal (C), owner of the 7-Eleven store in Cal­i­for­nia where a win­ning ticket was sold.

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