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South Boston men share $2 million Powerball prize

Edward P. Prakapas will share his winnings with a friend.
Edward P. Prakapas will share his winnings with a friend.Mass. State Lottery/Mass State Lottery

A South Boston man has claimed a $2 million prize in Saturday's Powerball drawing, and a winning $1 million ticket was sold in Berkley, officials said today.

Edward P. Prakapas, a South Boston resident, came forward as the $2 million Power Play winner at the lottery's Braintree office, said Beth Bresnahan, spokeswoman for the state lottery.

Prakapas plans to split his winnings with longtime friend Daniel McCarthy, also a South Boston resident. The two men agreed to this arrangement before purchasing the ticket at Jimmy's Korner on P Street, she said. Each picked 3 of the 6 required digits on the ticket. Their ticket had the first five of the drawn numbers.

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The prize for matching the first five number is $1 million. But since the pair paid an extra dollar for the Power Play feature, they doubled their prize. The winnings were paid out in a single payment, which amounted to $1.4 million, Bresnahan said.

Tariq Milton, the owner of Jimmy's Korner, said he was happy about the win.

"This person now has a new year of good things," Milton said. His store will receive a $20,000 commission for the sale, Bresnahan said.

Milton said this is the biggest win from his shop since 2007, when his store sold a $1 million winning ticket.

The owner of the $1 million winning ticket sold in Berkley -- south of Boston -- has not come forward yet, said John Jackson, owner of the Common Crossing, the store that sold the ticket.

"It's all very exciting," Jackson said.

Another $1 million ticket was sold in North Carolina, Bresnahan said.

No one won the Jackpot of $40 million, so new numbers will be drawn Wednesday. The pot is now up to $50 million.


Jackie Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com or on Twitter @jacktemp

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