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Million Dollar Ticket Matched, Winner Unnamed

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"It was really neat to see his reaction. It looks like she gave him the news and immediately his arms went up in the air. You could see the joy," Randy Henrikson, store manager at the West Fargo Sunmart, said of how a lucky ticket holder reacted when the news was delivered.

The buzz has been spreading through town since the winning Powerball numbers were announced Saturday night. But, you can stop re-checking those numbers, as Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us, all five numbers have already been matched.

"We got a call from the lottery yesterday morning, confirming that there was a winning ticket sold at our store," Henrikson said.

Associates at this Sunmart kept eyes peeled Sunday for "the ticket", "the customer" about to become a million dollars richer.

"I've been coming here so long my chances can't be too good, I haven't won a million yet," James Kapawn, a loyal lottery player, said.

Kapawn's loyalty didn't cash in for much, this time. He's made a weekly stop at this store since the lotto started nine years ago.

"I'm 83 years old and sooner or later they gotta give in," Kapawn said. "And that's when I'm down here."

Each week, he buys nine tickets a week for every game at the same Sunmart. But, still holding out for a jackpot like the one confirmed the night before, when a millionaire rolled into Randy Henrikson's store.

"I was actually kind of surprised when the customer did come in last night. I found out this morning that he was in after I talked to the associates," Henrikson said.

Those odds are one in more than 5.1 million. Henrikson has issued winning tickets before, but "nothing of that magnitude," he said.

Now that ticket holder remains unnamed, though players don't seem to mind.

"I love it, as long as it's in North Dakota, instead of New York where all the rich people are," Kapawn said.

Because a winner here means a bounty for all.

"I think it's great. It's exciting for not only the store but for the community of West Fargo," Henrikson said.

The employee who confirmed those winning numbers says the man left immediately for Bismarck to claim his prize at the state office.

But, according to the state lottery, a winner has not yet come forward. When he does, he'll be the fifth player in North Dakota to win a million dollars. But, North Dakota is one of six states around the country that doesn't require winners to be make their names public. So, we may never find out who the lucky winner is.

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