(WBIR - Knoxville) A lucky person purchased the winning Powerball ticket worth $259.8 million at a Kroger in northwest Knoxville.
The Tennessee lottery announced Monday the Kroger at 6702 Clinton Highway sold the winning jackpot ticket. The store will get a $25,000 prize for selling the winning ticket. However, the person who bought the winning ticket remains a mystery.
Lottery officials said no one has come forward yet to claim the largest jackpot in Tennessee lottery history. The winner has until Dec. 8, 2014 to claim the prize.
Kroger manager Mike Shorter said excitement has overtaken the store's employees.
"We're very excited for the individual who has that winning ticket. We're really anxious for them to come forward to claim their prize," said Shorter. "And we're excited to see if it was one of our regular customers."
Some of the regular customers doing some grocery shopping Monday afternoon are hopeful the winner is someone they know.
"I wish it was a friend. A close friend," joked customer Emily Paul.
"I hope it's one of my relatives," laughed customer Joe Wimes.
In the spirit of ensuring lottery losers did not walk away empty handed, WBIR bought and handed out free 100 Grand candy bars to customers. For now the good fortune of free candy is the only prize anyone is savoring. But Shorter remains hopeful the person with the winning ticket will step forward soon.
"We're all so excited. Just being a part of that is just overwhelming," said Shorter.
This is the second jackpot lottery win in Tennessee this year. A mother and son from Middle Tennessee won a Mega Millions jackpot in January. They waited seven days before they came forward to claim the prize.