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Enhanced Powerball® Creates Pennsylvania’s Newest Millionaire - Ticket Worth $1 Million Sold in Berks County, Jackpot Grows to $146 Million


Enhanced Powerball® Creates Pennsylvania’s Newest Millionaire - Ticket Worth $1 Million Sold in Berks County, Jackpot Grows to $146 Million

Middletown – What would have been a $200,000 prize two weeks ago is now $1 million for the holder of a Powerball ticket from the Jan. 25 drawing sold at Turkey Hill, 320 N. Furnace St., Birdsboro, Berks County.

“We are excited for our first million-dollar winner from the new version of Powerball, which debuted Jan. 15,” said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. “It’s great to see the game changes result in a bigger prize for one of our players.”

The ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 04-19-28-29-47, but not the red Powerball 05, for a $1 million second-tier prize, less 25 percent federal withholding. 

The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, as compared to the $500 bonus awarded for the old match-five prize of $200,000. 

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

The 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 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. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $146 million, or $91.4 million cash, for the Saturday, Jan. 28 drawing.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $49.5 million in prizes to Berks County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $28.9 million to programs serving Berks County’s older residents.

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.

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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