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Somewhere in this world – a couch cushion, a suit jacket, a landfill perhaps – is sweet deliverance from a world of economic hurt, from college loans, from the tax man, from the 9 to 5.

It’s a lottery ticket that has been worth $1 million for almost six months.

It’s a lottery ticket that will be worth $0 after 5 p.m. today. Poof.

Purchased at the New Bern Station convenience store, the ticket matched five white balls in the April 27 Powerball drawing: 4, 24, 40, 44 and 55. The odds of doing that: 1 in 5,138,133. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning

And odds are, unless you’re filthy rich, you wouldn’t forget having custody of a $1 million ticket.

But just in case, New Bern Station offers a ticking reminder that somebody – who might already be rich with forgetfulness or bad luck – might not get rich with real money. The countdown clock sits above an empty ice cream cooler, next to the entrance of the convenience store.

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