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7-Eleven Owner: "Very Happy For the Winner"

The owner of the South End 7-Eleven store that sold the $1 million winning ticket was all smiles on Thursday.

Some lucky person won $1 million on Wednesday night, and he or she bought the winning lottery ticket at the 7-Eleven Store at 1306 Washington St. in the South End.

Zenalem Ayale, owner of the store, said he's happy his store was the one to have sold the winning ticket.

"I'm happy for the winner, and for the store too,"  he said. 

That's because the store gets a financial bonus for having sold the winning ticket. Ayale's store will benefit from a $10,000 commission for having sold the winning ticket. 

Ayale said he's owned the Washington Street convenience store for the last six years. This is his first time selling a winning lottery ticket. 

Beacon Hill Winning Ticket
Another winning $1 million ticket was sold at the City Convenience Store at 23 Beacon St. in Beacon Hill.

This is the second time in two years that City Convenience has sold a $1 million ticket, according to the store's district manager, Al Lishman. The last million-dollar ticket was from a scratch ticket.

"Call us the lucky store," Lishman said. He doensn't know which customer won last night's million-dollar prize but said he hopes the winner comes in to the store for a personal congratulations. 

"We're very excited for our customer. The customer hasn't come forward yet but I congratulate him," Lishman said. 

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