updated 1/25/2007 7:24:03 PM ET 2007-01-26T00:24:03

The only winning Powerball ticket for a $254 million jackpot was purchased at a suburban grocery store, state lottery officials said Thursday.

The ticket matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday — 9, 19, 29, 42, 53 and the Powerball number 17.

The winner, who has yet to claim the prize, has the option of receiving the money over 29 years or accepting a lump-sum payment worth $120 million before taxes.

Dierbergs will get $50,000 for selling the ticket for the seventh-largest jackpot ever in Powerball, which sells tickets in 30 states and the Virgin Islands, said Susan Goedde, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Lottery. She said the prize was the 14th largest ever sold in the world.

“We’re very excited,” assistant store director Patricia Cook said. “Our associates are hoping it’s one of our regulars. We have some people who come in every day.”

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