MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Mega Millions® ticket worth $5 million from the Friday, Jan. 3, drawing was sold at Pratt Check Cashing, 1532 Pratt Street, Philadelphia.
The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 22-24-25-40-70, but not the yellow Mega Ball 05. Because it was purchased with the Megaplier option and the Megaplier number drawn was 05, the ticket earns a $5 million prize, less 25-percent federal withholding.
The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions 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 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 44,600 Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes of varying amounts in the Friday night drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time.
Because one jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Tennessee for the Jan. 3 drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot reset to an estimated annuity value of $15 million for the Tuesday, Jan. 7, drawing.
In the 2012-13 fiscal year, in addition to awarding more than $290.2 million in prizes to Philadelphia County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $220.9 million to programs serving the county's older residents.
How to Play Mega Millions: Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 (the Mega Ball). Players may select their own numbers using a Mega Millions play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks.
For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier. Prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to five – is randomly selected. The Megaplier applies to non-jackpot prizes.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. Learn more about the game online at www.megamillions.com.
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 and to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older.
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Media contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery