MIDDLETOWN, Pa., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Pennsylvania Lottery Treasure Hunt ticket won the largest jackpot in the game's history in the Thursday, May 2 drawing.
The jackpot-winning Treasure Hunt ticket was sold at Choice Discount, 5690 William Penn Highway, Export, Westmoreland County. It correctly matched all five balls, 03-13-14-19-27, to win a jackpot of $245,708, less 25-percent federal withholding.
The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket, which was among more than 57,800 winning Treasure Hunt tickets sold statewide for the May 2 drawing.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Treasure Hunt 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 any of Lottery's seven area offices or at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County.
Claims may be filed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at headquarters.
In fiscal year 2011-12, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded a total of more than $76.7 million in prizes to winners in Westmoreland County. The Lottery also contributed nearly $35.3 million to programs that benefited the county's older residents.
The March 10, 2011, Treasure Hunt drawing previously held the record for the game's largest total payout; the jackpot worth $221,932 was shared between three winning tickets. That jackpot was advertised at $210,000.
Treasure Hunt debuted as a Pennsylvania Lottery game on May 8, 2007.
How to play Treasure Hunt: To play Treasure Hunt, players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 30. Players may select their own numbers, or they may 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. Treasure Hunt drawings are conducted at mid-day seven days a week, and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1-in-142,506; the overall odds of winning any prize are about 1-in-5.45.
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 more than $22.6 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.
Media contact: Lauren Piccolo or Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery