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4/20/2011
 

PA Lottery Prize Worth $250,000 to Expire May 4 - Unclaimed Winning Mega Millions Ticket was Sold in Cumberland County

Middletown – Time is running out for the holder of a Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 from the May 4, 2010, drawing to claim the prize.

The ticket and prize will expire one year from the date of the drawing.

“Out of 24 Mega Millions tickets sold in Pennsylvania last year that matched the first five winning numbers, this is the only one to remain unclaimed,” said Drew Svitko, Lottery interim executive director. “We hope that all players will check their Mega Millions tickets again because this prize will expire in just two weeks.”

The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 09-21-31-36-43, but not the yellow Mega Ball 08, for a second-tier prize of $250,000, less 25-percent federal withholding. It was sold at Carlisle Petro Stopping Center, 1201 Harrisburg Ave., Carlisle, Cumberland County.

The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages the ticket-holder to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim by May 4 at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at any of Lottery’s seven area offices. Claims may be filed at headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at area Lottery offices.

Unclaimed, expired lottery prizes remain in the Lottery Fund and are used to support programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians. Last fiscal year, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $12.8 million to programs that benefited seniors in Cumberland County.

How to Play Mega Millions: Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 (The Mega Ball). Players can pick their own numbers or have numbers randomly selected by computer. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier. Prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to four – is randomly selected. A player who matches five white balls and purchased Megaplier wins $1 million.  Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception 38 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed nearly $20.6 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit www.palottery.com.

Media contact: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960

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