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Winning Powerball ticket sold in Lapeer

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(08/16/12) - We are still looking for the Powerball lottery winner to claim their $337 million prize.

The winning ticket was purchased in Lapeer at the Sunoco gas station on M-24.

A lot of people we talked to are kicking themselves today, wishing they bought a ticket for a chance of winning millions.

The patrons at the Sunoco gas station on M-24 in Lapeer are enjoying the attention the Powerball ticket has brought their small town of 10,000 people.

The gas station gets a nice chunk of change too - $50,000. Owners say they're happy for the city and whoever won the millions.

This weekend is also Lapeer Days, so what better advertisement then this to draw in even more crowds?

Just because the winning ticket was sold in Lapeer, it doesn't necessarily mean the winner lives in the area.

The Powerball winner can't stay anonymous, so eventually they will come forward.

City leaders won't speculate on who it might be.

"We have construction going on north of town, we have the hospital next to where the ticket was purchased and it could be a person from anywhere, this is a main thorough fair for going up north, so it could be someone passing through," said Lapeer Mayor Jim Sprague. "Hopefully it's someone from here, we would really like that."

So what would you do with $337 million?

Plenty of people are still dreaming about what they would do with the winnings. And it's not just about fancy cars or lavish living.

Jason Miller stopped by the Sunoco station and played his lucky numbers, but he came up short in Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

"If I won, I'd take care of my children, feed my family and give back to the community because that's the right thing to do," Miller said.

"My mom called me, and asked, 'Did you buy the ticket?' I said 'No, I'm sorry, I didn't.' I come here all the time on lunch," said Felicia Clark of Lapeer.

The mother of two knows exactly what she would do with all those millions.

"I would take care of my family for the rest of their lives. My mom does a lot for me. I'd get college funds for my kids. I would share, can't imagine spending that much money," she said.

There are probably 337 million ways to spend the winnings, but for Sherri Loveless, family comes first.

"I would still work, I couldn't stay home. I'd pay off the house, get my kids houses, go to Italy and see the family," Loveless said.

And for others, well they might splurge. Tracy Combs has a few ideas.

"First thing I'd probably do is hit a few car lots. I was telling my girlfriend I could buy the house I want in Metamora with a 20 car garage," Combs said.

While everyone is thinking about what would they do with the millions, so is the city of Lapeer. If the winner lives within the city limits, they'll get money from the income tax.

"If the person that wins lives within the city of Lapeer, it's a little over $2 million in income tax. That would be awesome at this time with our economy, and impact on the city would be great," said city manager Dale Kerbyson.

If the winner would chose to give back to the community, Lapeer welcomes any kind of donation.

"We'd love to have some funds for the high schools to upgrade them any more. There are hundreds of project in the area that we would be more than happy to accept any charitable contributions," Sprague said.

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