A woman wearing a black cap was seen darting from the store, hopping into a dark-colored BMW with tinted windows, and then driving away without speaking to reporters.
“She came in here and she screamed … She hugged people in the store and then she ran away,” said KTLA 5 News reporter Eric Spillman. “She claims that she has the winning Powerball jackpot ticket.”
California Lottery officials have not yet released the winner’s name, but they are required to do so eventually.
Wednesday’s winning ticket was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market on Wall Street.
Nabor Herrera, the owner, was unaware that he had sold the jackpot ticket when he arrived to open for business early Thursday morning. He was immediately greeted by a crowd of reporters.
“It’s a surprise for me,” Nabor told KTLA. “I don’t know what it is, filming or what.”
He receives a bonus of $1 million from the California Lottery.
Whomever the winner is, they are the second Los Angeles-area billionaire minted by the Powerball lottery within the past year.
In November, Edwin Castro purchased a record-breaking $2 billion ticket at a gas station convenience store in Altadena.