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Etna Green Mini Mart may be lucky spot for Powerball


Wednesday's winning numbers:

The Etna Green Mini Mart sold a winning Powerball ticket in 2008 worth $800,000.  Not nearly as much as the 5 hundred 50 million dollars you could win now, but still a nice chunk of change.  According to Hoosier Lottery that $800,000 ticket is actually the highest amount sold recently by a Michiana store.  Owner of the Etna Green Mini Mart, Brian Dunlap, remembers that winning ticket but is hoping for even bigger things.  "Hopefully this will be the place where they sell the big one."

All the people buying Powerball tickets at the Etna Green Mini Mart Wednesday had no idea the place had sold a big winning ticket before.  They chose to mini mart not for luck, but for logistics.  Sheila Gilbert said,  "I live in Warsaw and work in Bremen and I forgot to get them somewhere else and I thought I'll just stop here."  And Clair Millenan said, "It's close.  I live just down the road."

But hearing the news that the Etna Green Mini Mart has sold a winner before definitely makes them a little more optimistic about their chances.  And maybe even makes their dreams about what they'd do with the money feel like they really could come true.  "Probably buy a new house and vehicles and pay for my daughters college," said James Whybrew.  Lane Clabaugh said, "I would probably pay off my car."  And Millenan said he and his wife had already discussed it, "If we won it the first thing we would do this year was feed all the homeless and people out of work and hungry in Warsaw."


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