At Brooklyn deli where $130M Powerball ticket was sold, wide smiles but sealed lips about winner’s identity

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BRIGHTON BEACH, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Employees at Rocco’s Bakery and Deli in Brooklyn say they know the lucky winner of the $130 million Powerball, and say that the person is a regular customer.

But that’s all they’ll say about Brooklyn’s newest millionaire. They said they were so shocked when the winner called to tell the Brighton Beach store owners they had sold the winning ticket that they didn’t believe it. Indeed, the odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.


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“Words can’t describe how I felt.  I was doing cartwheels, messing up orders,” said Salah Al-Sulaimani, who sold the winning ticket.

He says the winner is a regular customer, who bought a quick pick with the lucky numbers 10-29-37-44-59 and powerball 10.

But when the person called to say they had won, Salah says he couldn’t believe it.

“They said you guys sold me the winning Powerball ticket.  I thought it was a prank, so I discarded the call.”

But later another call from the New York Lottery confirmed it.

“They said congratulations you guys sold the winning Powerball ticket.”

Word of the golden ticket quickly spread among Rocco’s regular customers.

“Bless them.  I wish that I was in the same predicament.  I wouldn’t have to be living with my family.  I would be buying a house for my mom and stuff,” said customer Sandika Neptune.

Anthony Delisi always buys his tickets at Rocco’s, but forgot about the Saturday drawing.

‘”I actually missed that day, so I didn’t play.”

But Delisi isn’t bitter.  In fact, he’s happy his store will get $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

“It’s good luck.”


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