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Hialeah Drug Store Sells $12M Lottery Ticket

'The luck is here,' says owner.



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    A Hialeah drug store sold a lottery ticket worth $12 million.

    Nobody won the $200 million Powerball drawing last night but the disappointment is not likely to be felt by an individual who played the Florida Lotto in Hialeah.

    That’s because a single winner bought a ticket valued at $12 million, according to the Florida Lottery, from La Preferida Superdiscount, at 819 E. 41st St. in Hialeah.

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    When contacted by NBC Miami La Preferida owner Rigoberto Morales said he had not yet been contacted by lottery officials but that shoppers in the drug store were already talking about the winning ticket Sunday morning.

    “This is one of the most popular places to buy lotto tickets in Miami and Hialeah,” said Morales, whose family bought the drug store in December.

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    He said the latest jackpot will undoubtedly bring more players looking for a big payday.

    “They know the luck is here,” Morales said.

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    Last year, the same Hialeah drug store sold a Fantasy 5 ticket worth $56,000 according to lottery.com.