Columbus Police Officers May Be $1 Million Lottery Winners


UPDATED: Thursday November 29, 2012 6:11 PM

The jackpot winners for the Powerball drawing may have been in Arizona and Missouri, but some in central Ohio could also claim a big prize.

According to Ohio lottery officials, a $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at Sunoco station on Grandview Avenue.

A group of 22 Columbus police officers from the Fraud and Forgery and Auto units told WBNS-10TV that they believe they have the winning ticket.

Police said that one officer had a double ticket and would get double the share once their ticket is validated.

Each officer will take home about $32,000 after taxes, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The commission said that it has been contacted by a group claiming to hold the winning ticket, but it has not yet been validated. According to the commission, the odds of winning were one in 1.5 million.

“A manager called us and was like ‘We sold the winning ticket,’ I was like Wow, you’re not joking,’” said Vinesh Patel of the Sonoco station in Grandview.

One of the apparent winners, Columbus Lt. Kevin Conley, said that work did get done at the department on Thursday.

“Let me tell you something, we have the finest police department in the United States of America, and we do a good job day in and day out,” Conley said. “We were a little bit more happy and smiley in our work (today) than some days.”

Officials also said a $2 million ticket was sold at a BP in Cleveland.

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