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5/12/2011
 

PA Lottery Prizes Worth $200,000 Each to Expire Soon - Unclaimed Winning Powerball Tickets Were Sold in Philadelphia and Chester County

Middletown – May 12, 2011 - Time is running out for the holders of two Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets – one worth $200,000 from the May 26, 2010, drawing and another worth $200,000 from the May 29, 2010, drawing – to claim their prizes.

The tickets and prizes will expire one year from their drawing dates.

“Even though only a small percentage – about 1 to 2 percent – of Lottery prizes goes unclaimed each year, we hate to see larger prizes like these expire,” said Drew Svitko, Lottery interim executive director. “We encourage all of our Powerball players to look through your tickets one more time – it could mean a few extra bucks or a really nice summer vacation this year.”

The soon-to-expire Powerball ticket from the May 26 drawing correctly matched all five white balls, 01-06-10-13-20, but not the red Powerball 32, for a second-tier prize of $200,000, less 25-percent federal withholding. It was sold at Kelly’s News, 3178 Kensington Ave., Philadelphia.

The soon-to-expire Powerball ticket from the May 29 drawing correctly matched all five white balls, 01-03-24-28-41, but not the red Powerball 10, for a second-tier prize of $200,000, less 25-percent federal withholding. It was sold at Sunoco, 8955 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, Chester County.

The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages the holders of the winning tickets to sign the backs of the tickets, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file claims within the next two weeks 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 $235 million to programs that benefited seniors in Philadelphia and more than $20.9 million for programs in Chester County.

How to play Powerball: Players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 39 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball features an option called Power Play, for an extra $1 per Powerball play (game).  A player who matches five white balls and purchased Power Play wins $1 million. Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Power Play number drawn.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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 in 1971, 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 drawings results, winning numbers, winners’ stories and to subscribe to the Lottery’s RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com.

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