Local Powerball winner a mystery but ticket a boon to Bucks County store that sold it

    Luck is in the air in Lower Bucks County. Powerball has confirmed that a $50 million winning lottery ticket was sold Wednesday at a tobacco shop in Fairless Hills.

    And even though the ticket-holder hasn’t yet come forward, that’s not stopping the store’s owner, Rakesh Rania, from celebrating.

    Rania calls his store, “home,” and his customers, “family.”

    His customers have a name for him too.

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    “The Indian is sometimes hard to pronounce,” he said, “so they call me ‘Rocky.'”

    When he got a call from his local Powerball representative Thursday morning, he couldn’t believe the news.

    “Every retailer that has a lottery machine wishes that he sells a winning ticket, so we are one of the few ones whose wish has come true,” said Rania.

    That wish is even sweeter because Powerball gives out a $100,000 reward to retailers who sell winning tickets.

    What will Rania do with his new riches?

    “Share it with my family, friends, my local charities, my local police and fire fighters and customers,” he said

    The $50 million winner hasn’t claimed the prize yet.

    Rania has a homemade sign in his door urging his regular customers to double-check their tickets.

    In the meantime, he expects the attention will make business pick up for a while.

    “Everybody’s a little superstitious, like ‘he sold a winning ticket, let me try my luck there.'”

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