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Indian gets $100,000 for selling winning lottery

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 13:54

Washington: An Indian-American beer shop owner in Pennsylvania will get a whopping USD 100,000 for selling a USD 131.5 million-winning lottery ticket.

Gary Patel, 30, who immigrated to the US from India as a teenager, said he would give the amount as a bonus to the three employees of his shop.

The winner of the lottery ticket has not been identified yet.

Father of twin babies, Patel came to know about his jackpot - the commission that he would get for his store selling the mega lottery ticket ? when an official of Pennsylvania Lottery visited his store to ensure that the ticket was sold from his store.

"You sold the Powerball ticket? Congrats, Gary!" customer Kim Morfiah said - actually, yelled at the top of her lungs - to Patel from the store`s doorway.

"Oh, my God, somebody in the `hood is rich!," the customer was quoted as saying by Philly News.

"Which is good," replied Patel.

"It`s getting crazy . . . Uh, I don`t like pictures," Patel, sporting camo shorts and a V-neck, said slowly, as he politely let photographers snap away.

Patel said, his wife did not believe when he called her to give her the good news.

"My wife didn`t believe me when I called. I had to FaceTime her," he said, referring to the iPhone video-chat feature. "Then she believed me," he said.

The winner of the lottery number - 13-19-23-33-57, and the red Powerball 28 lottery - has the option of taking the USD 131.5 million annuity, or USD 77.4 million in cash, minus the 25 per cent federal withholding.


First Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 13:32
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