$25K Check Given To Market With Winning Ticket

Posted at 6:52 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 15:00:53-05

A $25,000 check has been presented to the owners of a west Tennessee market that sold one of three winning Powerball tickets.  

The eye-popping and unprecedented jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.  

One of the winning tickets was sold in Munford, located about 30 minutes north of Memphis, at Naifeh’s Food Mart. A $25,000 check was presented to Dana and Judson Naifeh at 1:30 p.m.  

"We're excited for the State of Tennessee, we're excited for Munford, [and] we're excited about the good the money does," Dana Naifeh said. 

Naifeh added that her oldest daughter would be headed to the University of Tennessee soon and said she would also be a recipient of the Hope Scholarship.  

Munford is located in Tipton County and only has a population of roughly 4,700. 

"One thing is for sure, when you get up in the morning you never know what's going to happen in my kind of town," joked Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole. 

According to WREG, only three convenient stores in Munford sell Powerball tickets. 

So far, the winner has not been identified. As expected, many took to social media Wednesday night after finding out the winning ticket was sold in Tennessee.  

The other winners' identities also remain a mystery, but they bought their tickets in Florida and a Los Angeles suburb.

The winners of the world-record jackpot overcame odds of 1 in 292.2 million to land on the numbers drawn, 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. They can take the winnings in annual payments spread over decades or a smaller amount in a lump sum. 

The estimated jackpot amounts had risen steadily since November 4, when it was reset at $40 million. Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief has said this Powerball offered "absolutely" the world's biggest jackpot.