— A Columbia County convenience store sold a jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $2,488,733 for the Friday, March 8, drawing. The jackpot was the highest in the nearly 27-year history of Cash 5, the Pennsylvania Lottery’s longest-running jackpot game.
“We’re thrilled that the largest jackpot in Cash 5 history created a big winner,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “Friday’s historic drawing also produced more than 156,000 other Cash 5 winners all across Pennsylvania.”
Sheetz, 2100 W. Front St., Berwick, earns a $10,000 bonus for selling the big winning ticket. The ticket matched all five balls drawn, 05-06-10-12-15, to win the top prize, less applicable withholding.
Prior to the jackpot-winning ticket being sold for the Friday drawing, the jackpot had been growing since Friday, February 22, when a $500,000 jackpot was won by one ticket sold in Beaver County.
The previous record for the all-time high Cash 5 jackpot was $2 million. That record was first set by the drawing held January 17, 2017. Three winning tickets shared the $2 million jackpot from that drawing. The $2 million record was tied last week for the drawing held on Thursday, March 7.
More than 156,300 other Cash 5 tickets also won prizes in Friday’s drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time, and claim lower-tier prizes at a Lottery retailer.
Cash 5 was launched as a weekly game on April 23, 1992. It became a nightly drawing in 1998. The televised drawing is conducted at 6:59 p.m., seven nights a week.
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How to play Cash 5:
Players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 43. Players may select their own numbers using a Cash 5 playslip or opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot. Players also win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. Cash 5 is drawn each evening and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Chances of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598; the overall chances of winning any prize are about 1 in 10.5.
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs
that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed $29 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.
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