A convenience store next to the railroad track on Radcliff's northern edge has a millionaire among its customers who holds the second seven-figure winning Powerball ticket in Kentucky in a week.
Smitty's sold a Powerball ticket for Wednesday night's drawing that came one number short of winning the national jackpot, according to the Kentucky Lottery Commission. Howard "Smitty" Ford, who has operated the store for the last nine years, says he doesn't have any idea who won the prize.
The Radcliff winner follows a quintet of coworkers from the Marathon refinery in Catlettsburg who stepped forward to claim their million-dollar prize after hitting five match numbers in the May 11 Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was bought at the Shell Food Mart on Greenup Avenue in Ashland. The ticket's numbers matched except for the Powerball, which is drawn separately.
The winner holding the Radcliff ticket has 180 days to claim the prize.
Never miss a local story.
Ford's business will share in his customer's good fortune, too. The retailer receives $10,000 — 1 percent of the prize — for selling the winning ticket.
Because Wednesday night's jackpot was $360 million, lottery officials reported brisk sales. Ford said lottery sales at Smitty's also pick up when the payoff builds, but the customers all are regulars.
The store is at 1601 N. Logsdon Parkway, near the intersection with Hill Street, making it one of the last stops before Fort Knox.
Wednesday's winning numbers were 2–11–26–34–41 and the Powerball was 32. To win the million, the ticket had to correctly match the first five numbers. Missing the Powerball means missing the multi-million dollar prize.
The lottery says Radcliff's winner marks the 13th $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Kentucky since the game odds and jackpots were revised in January 2012. One of these winners won $2 million by also choosing the Power Play bonus feature.