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PA Lottery Prize Worth $200,000 to Expire Soon - Unclaimed Winning Powerball Ticket Was Sold in Northampton County


PA Lottery Prize Worth $200,000 to Expire Soon - Unclaimed Winning Powerball Ticket Was Sold in Northampton County

Middletown – Time is running out for the holder of a Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball ticket worth $200,000 from the Aug. 4, 2010, drawing to claim the prize.

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

“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 an unexpected summer vacation this year.”

The soon-to-expire ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 19-28-30-37-53, but not the red Powerball 36, for a $200,000 second-tier prize, less 25 percent federal withholding. It was sold at Turkey Hill, 73 N. Broadway, Wind Gap, Northampton County.

The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim before the Aug. 4 deadline 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. In the 2009-10 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $34.7 million in prizes to Northampton County, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $23.6 million to programs serving Northampton County’s older residents.

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 $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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