Two winning parties will split $390,000,000 – one in Georgia and one in New Jersey. I’m not one of those parties. But one of my old haunts is where the winning NJ ticket was sold; Campark Liquors in Woodbine NJ. Campark has been everything from a convenience store to a sandwich shop but it has always sold lottery tickets. I’ve bought many from them over the years while participating in office pools and such. As I write this blog the winner has not yet come forward which makes a lot of sense. If blessed with such a fortune it would behoove the winner to secure a lawyer and an accountant before sealing the deal, so to speak.
Any way, due to the local proximity in relation to where the ticket was purchased and the fact that a major employer in the area happens to be down the street from Campark, there is a fair to midline chance that I may know the winner – not in a “Hey Evil Chicken let me pay off your mortgage” sort of fashion but in a “Hey, I know that guy / gal!” The workers at Campark are all over the local network affiliates and I’ve seen or know the lot of them. Nice people. The owner of Campark gets a $10,000 check for selling the winning ticket. It turns out that he is going to split the amount between his employees, which is a classy thing to do, by the way.
I wish the winner the best but I do hope that the pot goes to someone who deserves it, needs it and can use it to better more people’s existences than just their own.
You know, I’ve spoken a lot of the lottery most recently (see 2/25/07 entry); take heart gentle reader, I’ll change the topic soon – I promise.