ARUNDEL — A local man and a local market have both come up winners in a Powerball lottery drawing on Saturday.

According to Maine State Lottery Director Michael Boardman, Paul Twombly of Arundel matched five out of six Powerball numbers for a $1 million win and claimed the prize on Tuesday. Less taxes, the winner walked away with a $700,000 check, said Boardman — the state takes a five percent tax bite and the federal government gets 25 percent.

It was a good day for the store as well. Boardman said Arundel Market earned $20,000 for selling the winning ticket.

“It’s great for a small store like that,” said Boardman.

Arundel Market owner Rob Melvin wasn’t in the store late Tuesday afternoon, but  store clerk Becky Tufts said there was excitement in the wind.

“We’re telling the customers we’re the lucky ones,” said Tufts.

She said she sold the winning ticket — an easy pick — to Twombly on Saturday — the day that also happened to mark the store’s 24th anniversary. 

As for the winner, “He’s been a customer since day one,” Tufts said.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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