TRENTON, N.J. — Someone in New Jersey woke up Monday a multi-millionaire, but their identity remains a mystery.
The sole winner of the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot has yet to come forward to claim the prize.
Lottery officials held a news conference Monday to discuss details about the winning ticket, which was sold at a 7-Eleven on Chambers Street in Trenton and valued at $284 million.
It was the only ticket to match all six Powerball numbers in Saturday night’s drawing for the sixth-largest jackpot in the game’s history. The winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9. The winner picked their own numbers.
“Whoever you are, please come forward,” NJ Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger said. “Bring us that ticket and let us keep it safe for you.”
The winner bought two tickets and paid an extra dollar for the Power Play, which gives players a chance to win additional money, Hedinger said.
“For a total of $6, he or she is gonna cash in $284 million,” she said. “That’s a pretty good investment.”
Because their store sold the winning ticket, Andrea Shin and her husband Luis Soler won, too. They were presented Monday with a check for $30,000.
“This is probably overwhelming for (the winner); it’s overwhelming for us,” Shin said. “I hope it brings some positivity to their life.”
As for her own winnings, Shin said she’ll “probably try to take a vacation or something.”
Their employee, Luis Sandoval, sold the winning ticket at 5:20 p.m. May 3. He told NJ.com that when his co-workers told him the news he was “blown away.”
Hedinger said it’s not uncommon for winners to take their time coming forward.
“People generally wait a while,” Hedinger said, adding that winners first talk to their families and professionals to determine the best way to handle their new-found fortune.
Still, Hedinger said the winner should sign the back of the lucky ticket and bring it to New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton for validation. They have a year to claim the prize.
New Jersey had several big winners from the Powerball draw. Two $50,000 tickets were sold in Bloomfield and Belmar. There were 171,567 fixed-prize New Jersey winners who are eligible to claim a total of $814,888.
Retailers earned commissions of $2.143 million for the entire 19 draw run.
As mystery continued to shroud the lucky New Jersey winner’s identity, others wasted no time to see if they could cash in on the shop’s luck.
“It only takes one to win,” customer Anne Conte said. “I would buy something nice for my family.”