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A Quart of Milk, Loaf of Bread, a $45.8 Million Lottery Ticket

11 June 2002

CLIFTON, New Jersey – As reported by the North Jersey News: "A convenience store in the Lakeview section made one of its customers $45.8 million wealthier after selling a winning Pick-6 lottery ticket that hit the third-largest jackpot in the game's history, lottery officials said Tuesday.

"All of the winning numbers in Monday's drawing - 6, 11, 15, 16, 26, and 37 - matched a Quick Pick ticket sold at Lakeside Farms at the corner of Lakeview and Piaget avenues.

"The New Jersey State Lottery had not verified the winner as of Tuesday. One person called in the morning claiming to have the ticket, but that caller had not yet produced the winning ticket, lottery spokesman Tom Rosenberg said.

"…One of the owners of Lakeside Farms said she was surprised to hear that the ticket came from her store. Rupal Patel said none of her customers returned to tell her about the prize, and she had not received a call from lottery officials.

"When she turned on the store's lottery machine in the morning, it displayed a message saying there was one jackpot winner from Passaic County, she said. But it gave no indication exactly how local the winner was.

"…This is the second time since the Patels bought the store last year that they have sold a big winning ticket. One of their customers won a $52,000 prize in the Pick-5 game, she said.

"Her brother, Hitesh, estimated that the store sells between $1,100 and $1,200 worth of lottery tickets a day, mostly to regular customers who live in the area…"

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