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Florida's big lotto winners

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HAINES CITY (FOX 13) -

There's a new millionaire in Tampa Bay, thanks to Wednesday night's record-breaking Powerball drawing.

Two very lucky people, one in Arizona, and the other in Missouri, will split the $587 million jackpot.

But what you may not know is that Florida also had its share of big winners. A ticket sold at the Pilot Travel Center on Highway 27 in Haines City is worth $2 million after it matched all five numbers, but not the Powerball.

No one has come forward yet, so we don't know if that person is local. But given that the $2 million ticket was sold at a truck stop, it's no telling where the ticket holder is. But word that there may be a new millionaire in town has people checking their tickets twice!

"Not a winner, not a winner," said Fred Devore, who had a hand full of tickets stamped, "No winner."

They're the three little words no one wants to hear after buying multiple tickets for the half billion dollar Powerball drawing.

"Can't believe it's this close to the house!," exclaimed Devore who lives down the street. "And it wasn't you that bought the ticket?." We asked. "No, it wasn't me unfortunately, I wouldn't be here!," he joked.

Devore buys lottery tickets everywhere he goes.

"I'm a truck driver myself and I buy them all over the state," Devore said.

Retired truck driver Frank Robinson came to Haines City from Illinois to buy a motorhome and just happened to buy a ticket at the last minute at the Pilot.

"I had the Powerball number," said Robinson. "But just the Powerball number?," we asked. "Well, I had one other one," he said. "So, what did that win you?," we asked. "Four dollars!," he said proudly.

"We had lines all day long!," said Rosa Carricales, who works the counter at the Pilot Travel Center in Haines City.

"One person bought $150 in Powerball tickets, it was going crazy!," said Manager Joe McGoldrick.

It was non-stop at the Pilot Travel Center.

"And everyone was like rubbing things, I had somebody bring in a little rabbit's foot," said McGoldrick. "They were going crazy!"

"Twenty dollars, a hundred dollars, they were just buying everything, Some people, they only buy two, they don't want to take a chance, but somebody they want to take a chance, they just 20, 40, 50, it was just amazing!," Carricales said.

Despite a flurry of last-minute ticket sales Wednesday night and thousands of dollars later, it turns out the winning ticket was bought Tuesday night.

"Kind of excited that it came from here!," said McGoldrick, who told us it was a quick pick ticket, which sold Tuesday around 7:30pm.

"So it could be anybody," said McGoldrick. "No one's come forward yet!"

Big winners have won at that Pilot before. From $1,000 to $2,000 prizes, now all the way up to a $2 million winner. It's putting his store on the map.

"Slowly, throughout the truckers and people walking in, they're starting to hear that, which is good, hopefully it'll bring some luck to people, and start sending them our way and draw-up more business for our store," said McGoldrick.

At one point, tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute. Here are the winning numbers: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and the Powerball is 6. Wednesday night's historic Powerball jackpot created five other new Florida millionaires. Those tickets were bought in Marianna, Jacksonville, Port St. Lucy, and North Miami Beach. By the way, that Pilot Travel Center will also get some cash back for selling that winning ticket.

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