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1/9/2012
 

Luzerne County Man Claims First of Four $1 Million Prizes from Latest Pennsylvania Lottery Millionaire Raffle

Nanticoke – Richard Stewart of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, is the first $1 million winner from the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Dec. 31 Millionaire Raffle drawing to claim one of the game’s four top prizes.

Stewart and his wife, Ann, purchased the ticket at the Cocoa Hut, located at 199 Middle Road, Nanticoke. The ticket was validated Jan. 5 at Lottery headquarters.

Stewart, a 57-year-old ironworker at McGregor Iron Works in Dunmore, said the couple plans to use the winnings to take a vacation to Hawaii with their children, and perhaps purchase a new convertible – which his wife wants to buy.

The couple occasionally plays other Lottery games including Cash 5 and The Daily Number, regularly buying their tickets at the Cocoa Hut. Stewart said they always buy a ticket for the Millionaire Raffle each time it goes on sale. 

Each of the top-prize Millionaire Raffle tickets sold is worth $1 million cash, less 25 percent federal withholding. Visit www.palottery.com to review winning numbers.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $69.7 million in prizes to Luzerne County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $39.3 million to programs serving Luzerne County’s older residents.

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 $21.5 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.

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