"I almost bought a ticket on my way out. Why the heck didn't I?"
Those were just some of the reactions of customers we spoke to at the Publix at Southside Blvd. and Touchton Rd. Friday morning after the Florida Lottery announced that a winning ticket had been sold there. Many of the people we spoke to say they didn't enter into the lottery drawing Wednesday but now that they know a million dollar winner was sold right here in Jacksonville, they're wishing they had.
"I think it's awesome that it's a local winner," said one customer.
The winner matched five numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing and while they didn't win the $448 million, matching everything but the Powerball number was good enough to earn $1 million for someone on the First Coast. As of Friday morning that person has yet to come forward and claim his or her prize.
We asked another customer, Ken, whether he thought it was still worth it to win the lottery when you hear stories of previous winners squandering away their money on bad investments or frivolous possessions.
"When you give somebody the opportunity to win that kind of money, I mean, if they blow it they blow it but you know I'd love to have that chance to blow it."
Ken says if he ever won he'd travel, buy himself a nice house, and maybe even a skybox at Everbank Field for Jaguars games.
Three tickets matched all six numbers to win a share of the $448 million prize. Two were sold in New Jersey and one in Minnesota. A group of 16 workers have come forward as one of the winners in New Jersey and a father from Minnesota has claimed his share of the prize. One ticket still remains outstanding as of Friday morning.