Ralph Sparrow, owner of Piney Run Liquors uses the Lottery machine at the Eldersburg business on Friday.
Ralph Sparrow, owner of Piney Run Liquors uses the Lottery machine at the Eldersburg business on Friday. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

After Ian Flaunders bought his coffee at the Finksburg JiffyMart on Friday afternoon, he had $2 extra and decided to take his chances on a Powerball ticket.

"I only buy them when it reaches over $100 million," Flaunders said.

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The jackpot for Saturday's drawing had reached $380 million by midday Friday, according to Erica L. Palmisano, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency's assistant director of communications. Winners may take a cash option of $256.8 million.

Amanda Driever, Finksburg JiffyMart customer service representative, said as of 4 p.m. Friday the store had steady sales all day and had sold $284 in Powerball tickets.

Ralph Sparrow, owner of Piney Run Liquors in Sykesville, said Powerball ticket sales have increased at his store after reports broke that no one has come forward to claim a $1 million prize from a winning Powerball ticket sold there in mid-January. The ticket was a second-tier winner, meaning it matched all five white balls but missed the Powerball.

"I hope it was one of the regular customers," Sparrow said Thursday.

The family-owned store will receive $2,500 for selling the ticket.

According to Palmisano, winners have 182 days from the day of drawing to claim the prize. If the money is not claimed the funds go into an unclaimed prize fund. The funds are used for player promotions and products.

Powerball tickets cost $2 per game. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are about 1 in 175 million.

Numbers are drawn twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday night. The drawing is held at 10:59 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. For results, visit http://www.powerball.com.

Reach staff writer Michel Elben at 410-857-7873 or email michel.elben@carrollcountytimes.com.

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