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Small Tennessee Town Waits To Learn Who Won Millions In Powerball

Posted at 5:03 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 19:57:03-05

On Sunday, Tennessee lottery officials announced someone bought a winning Powerball ticket worth $421 million dollars in a small town in Macon County. By Monday, one question was the center of all conversation.

"Did you win?" said Miles Gibson. "That's they big question of the day."

Gibson owns Gibson's Cafe in downtown Lafayette. He said with a population of just under 5,000 people, a win this big will be celebrated by the whole town.

"Everyone knows everyone," he said. "They're excited for you when something good happens and when bad things happen, they're there for you."

But it's still not clear who won the jackpot. Lottery officials visited stores throughout Lafayette Monday morning to gather printouts from lottery machines.

"They didn't say much," said Todd Reese, who owns a Piggly Wiggly store in town. "But there were a lot of customers in the store and they asked a lot of questions after that. They want to know who won big money."

Lottery officials have not released the location of the store that sold the winning ticket. A press release said the organization will release more information as it's available.