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10/21/2013
 

Powerball Tickets Worth $1 Million Each Sold in Chester, Luzerne Counties

Middletown – Before the Powerball® jackpot rolled to $216 million for the Wednesday, Oct. 23, drawing, two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each from the Oct. 19 drawing were sold at the following locations:

• ACME Market, 2176 Baltimore Pike, Oxford, Chester County; and
• Nelly Travel Plaza, 3765 Nuangola Road, Nuangola, Luzerne County.

These two winning tickets correctly matched all five white balls, 09-33-54-56-57, but not the red Powerball 05, to win individual prizes of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Each retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of either winner until each prize is claimed and each ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The Lottery encourages each holder of a winning ticket 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 Lottery headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

More than 54,400 other Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets also won prizes in Saturday night’s drawing.

The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $216 million, or $124.8 million cash, for the Wednesday, Oct. 23, drawing.

In fiscal year 2011-12, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded a total of more than $162 million in prizes to winners in Chester and Luzerne counties. The Lottery also contributed more than $59.3 million to programs that benefited older residents of those counties.

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 playslip, 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 is sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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 $23.7 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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