San Mateo Powerball winner claims his $3 million prize

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SAN MATEO (KRON) — A man who bought a winning Powerball ticket at a San Mateo liquor store has claimed his $3 million prize, lottery officials announced Thursday. 

Thomas Wiegand purchased his ticket at Centerwood Liquor, located at 23 Laurie Meadow Drive.

The winning ticket matched five of the six numbers during the drawing on March 27.

He was one number off from winning the $768.4 million jackpot.

“I’m elated!” Wiegand told lottery officials. “Let’s put it this way. Working, I would have never made this amount of money in a lifetime!”

He claimed a prize of $2,939,782.  

Centerwood Liquor collected a retailer bonus of $14,699 for selling the winning ticket, which will not be subtracted from the winner’s prize.

A 24-year-old man in Wisconsin ended up winning the $768.4 million jackpot, which was the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

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