Ticket for record $259.8 jackpot purchased at Knoxville Kroger - WKRN News 2

Ticket for record $259.8 jackpot purchased at Knoxville Kroger

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lottery is looking for the person who won a state-record $259.8 million jackpot after purchasing a ticket at a Knoxville area Kroger store.

Lottery officials said Monday the winning ticket for last Wednesday's Powerball drawing was sold at the grocery chain's store at 6702 Clinton Highway but the buyer remains a mystery.

"It’s not unusual that someone has not come forward yet," Tennessee Lottery Chief Operating Officer Wanda Young Wilson told News 2. "It varies a lot all over the board when winners come in. They need time to get organized."

Wilson said the first contact from a winner is usually from a financial advisor or an attorney.

She said they do know that more than one ticket was purchased by the buyer, with numbers randomly selected by the Powerball computer.

A retired state worker and her son shared the previous record Tennessee jackpot of $61 million.

They purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a Bellevue area Shell station for a drawing in February.

Like last February, the vendor who sold the winning jackpot ticket will receive $25,000.

Winners have 180 days to claim a prize, and the state's open record laws mean winners’ names are eventually made public.

During a brief news conference Monday, Wilson also touted that the Tennessee Lottery has just passed $3 billion raised for state education.

Most of the money raised goes to college scholarships.
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