HAZARD— The massive $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot generated a lot of buzz across the nation in the last few weeks. It was the world’s biggest jackpot. Lines were reported to be hours long, as people waited in line to purchase a ticket last Wednesday night all across the U.S. There were two lucky winners in Hazard. One individual has claimed the $50,000 winning ticket, the identity of the $1 million remains unknown. The Marathon Double Kwik’s Store Manager, who’s store sold the $1 million winning ticket, shared her thoughts on the big win.
“I think it is great that somebody in this area finally got something,” said Store Manager Natalie Slone, “I think pretty much everybody is just in shock.”
She received a call in the early morning hours that her store had sold the winning ticket. The winning ticket was sold around 1 p.m. on Jan. 10. The DK associate who sold the winning ticket was Jessica Thacker, who could not be reached for comment. Slone was not present during the purchase of the winning ticket.
Slone has been with Double Kwik for almost two years and she has been at the Avawam DK since August. The store has 11 employees.
“I love this job. I wished I had found it sooner,” said Slone.
Slone shared her thoughts on what she would have done with the $1 million if she had won.
” A big portion would go to my kids, ” said Slone, who is a parent of seven. She would make sure her children’s future would be taken care of, Slone said.
The $50,000 winning ticket was sold at Murphy USA, located next to Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hazard. The winner was identified as Jeremy Morris, of Bonnyman, he told Kentucky Lottery representatives that he wasn’t disappointed in missing out on the 1.6 billion jackpot.
“I’m happy with what I got,” Morris told Kentucky Lottery officials.
He also told them that he plans to pay off some of his debt and with the remaining money, take a trip to Disney.
The $1 million winning ticket had to have all five white balls but not the Powerball, while the $50,000 winning ticket had to have four out of five white balls and the Powerball.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.