Someone who bought a Merry Millionaire lottery ticket at the Topsail Exxon in Hampstead is now just that. The winner's identity is still unknown but he or she was one of four people in the state to win a $1 million jackpot. Employees and customers where the ticket was purchased couldn't believe it. "I think that's great!" said customer Jason Sheffield. "I may play more myself now." "It's gotta be like wow! It is wow!" said Polly Hall, the store's cashier. The winning numbers were 214, 953. "I've been excited all day," said Hall. "I just want to know who it is." Hall has worked at the Topsail Exxon for four years. She says any lotto winners are few and far between. "We're the bearers of bad news," she said. "When people give us the lottery ticket for us to scan, we have to be the one that says no you didn't win and that's heartbreaking. So, you know, it's good to know somebody's won." The ticket was one of more than 368,000 sold state wide. The odds of hitting the $1 million jackpot were 1 in 91,000. "I would not have predicted that," said store manager Rebecca Ferguson. "I kind of wish I bought a ticket myself now... but I didn't." Some customers offered some words of wisdom. "More power to them," said one regular who calls himself 'Guitar George.' "That's from Guitar George. He knows all the chords." Others offered some humble advice. "You gotta take care of your mama first," customer Scott Hoffman said. "That's what you're supposed to do. She got you here, she took care of you. Anybody that doesn't take care of their mama first thing, they just need to go ahead and lose all that money." "I wish they'd come by and let us know who they are," said Polly Hall. "That would be exciting." Whoever it is needs to collect ASAP. The ticket will expire if it's not cashed in in 180 days. "Take care of your mama," Scott Hoffman emphasized. "Right now. That's it." The state will keep 32 percent of the prize for taxes. The winner will take home $680,000.
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