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1/23/2012
 

PA Lottery Prizes Totaling $100,000 Soon to Expire - Unclaimed Winning Tickets Were Sold in Erie and Jefferson Counties

Middletown – Time is running out for the holders of two Pennsylvania Lottery tickets – a Powerball ticket worth $50,000 from the Feb. 5, 2011, drawing and a Quinto evening ticket worth $50,000 from the Feb. 12, 2011, drawing – to claim their prizes.

The tickets and prizes will expire one year from the dates of the drawings.

“The clock is ticking for these two winners to claim their $50,000 prizes,” said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. “We hate to see prizes go unclaimed, so we’re hoping the holders of these tickets come forward before time runs out.”

The soon-to-expire Powerball ticket correctly matched four of five white balls, 15-37-41-56-59, and the red Powerball 05, and added Power Play®, which increased the prize to $50,000, less 25 percent federal withholding. It was sold at Country Fair, 5866 Station Road, Erie. 

The soon-to-expire Quinto evening ticket matched all five numbers in the order they were drawn, 8-5-6-3-2, for a top prize of $50,000, less 25 percent federal withholding. It was sold at Demans, Inc., 295 Main St., Brookville, Jefferson County.

The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages each ticket-holder to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim 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.

Because both prizes expire on Sundays, the last day to file a claim in person for the Powerball prize is Friday, Feb. 3, and the last day to file a claim in person for the Quinto prize is Friday, Feb. 10.  A claim submitted by mail for the Powerball prize must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 4, while a mailed claim for the Quinto prize must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 11.

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 nearly $23.6 million to programs that benefited seniors in Erie County and nearly $5.3 million for programs in Jefferson County.

How to play Powerball: Players pay $2 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 35 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 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).  The Power Play option offers players increased set prize levels, which can be found at palottery.com.  A player who matches five white balls and purchased Power Play wins $2 million. 

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

How to Play Quinto:To play Quinto, players pay $1 and select a five-digit number from 0 through 9, and the same number can be selected more than once within the same game. Players may select their own numbers using a Quinto play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match the five numbers drawn in the exact order drawn to win the jackpot. There also are 12 additional ways to win a cash prize.

Quinto drawings are held twice daily, seven days a week.

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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