Winning Milipitas Powerball Store Owner Finally Finds Out He Won $1M

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Saturday, Feb 22, 2014  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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The winning Milipitas Powerball store owner has finally found out that he won $1 million.

The winning Milipitas Powerball store owner has finally found out that he won $1 million.

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The person who won California's largest Powerball jackpot has not yet come forward, but the man who won $1 million for selling the big ticket at his Milipitas gas station has finally heard the good news.

Kulwinder Singh, 54, the owner of the gas station, was on a plane to New Delhi when the news about the Powerball winner broke.

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His son, Parmeet Singh, told NBC Bay Area on Thursday morning that his dad had "no idea" about his good fortune.

But Sonia Mahal, an employee at Singh's gas station, told NBC Bay Area Saturday that Parmeet has delivered the news to his father, who at first thought it was a joke.

"When they reached India, Harmeet actually called him and then he said, 'hey dad, if you got $1 million what are you going to do?'" Mahal said. "And his dad said: 'what are you talking about.' And then he (Parmeet) mentioned that we won. He was so surprised ... He really wants to come back as soon as possible."

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Mahal said that the store is selling quite a few lottery tickets after the winner was announced, so much so that they now have two employees working at night instead of one.

Mahal said that the winner of the $425 million jackpot paid $2 for the ticket, and let the lottery computer pick his numbers, "Quick Pick" style.

"It's so crazy - I wish I was the one," she said.

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