There's no shortage of hope in the lottery line at A&W Pharmacy in Port Richmond.
"If I hit the big one, I won't forget you," the customers tell Joe Kalinowski, the pharmacy's owner.
Somebody did hit a big one Monday - $1 million in the Pennsylvania Lottery's Mega Millions game.
Neither Kalinowski nor lottery officials know who bought the winning ticket, which must be turned in to lottery officials within a year.
"I'm just hoping it's somebody in the neighborhood who could use it," Kalinowski said.
The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 04-38-45-53-54, but not the yellow 09 Mega Ball. It was purchased with the Megaplier option, which awards a $1 million match-five prize to the ticket-holder, less 25 percent federal withholding, lottery officials said. The pharmacy will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
"I can't tell if it's [somebody who bought] one ticket or $100 worth of tickets," Kalinowski said, adding that buyers of large numbers of tickets usually purchase them for a large group.
The holder of a $200,000 winning ticket bought at the pharmacy a few years ago didn't forget about the workers there.
"He took care of all the employees in here, and he donated at least $50,000 to the church," Kalinowski said of the old St. Adalbert's, now called Our Lady of Port Richmond.