MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was another weekend of "Winners, winners – everywhere", with large prizes awarded by Cash 5 in Delaware, Washington and Fayette counties, and by Powerball® in Philadelphia.
Two winning Cash 5 tickets sold in Delaware and Washington counties shared a jackpot worth $225,000 for the Friday, December 18, drawing. Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 06-18-36-39-42, to win individual prizes of $112,500, less applicable tax withholding.
The following retailers will each receive a $500 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning tickets:
- BP, 2590 West Chester Pike, Delaware County; and
- Giant Eagle, 200 Station St., McDonald, Washington County.
Cash 5 produced another big winner on Saturday, December 19, when a $125,000 jackpot was won by one ticket sold at Sheetz, 2601 Memorial Blvd., Connellsville, Fayette County. The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 18-19-26-27-39, to win a prize of $125,000, less applicable tax withholding. The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling this winning ticket.
These prizes must be claimed and the tickets validated before the winners can be identified. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.
The Lottery encourages each holder of a jackpot-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.
More than 47,600 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in the December 18 and 19 drawings. Players should check every ticket, every time. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at Lottery retailers.
In Philadelphia, one winning Powerball® with Power Play® ticket worth $100,000 from the Saturday, December 19, drawing was sold at Jimmi's News, 13th and Market Streets, Philadelphia.
The ticket correctly matched four of the five white balls, 28-30-41-59-68, but not the red Powerball 10, to win $100,000, less applicable tax withholding. It was sold with the $1 Power Play® option, which boosted the prize to $100,000 instead of $50,000. The retailer earns a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
In the 2014-15 fiscal year:
- In Delaware County, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $86.8 million in prizes to winners and provided more than $56.3 million to programs that benefit older residents.
- In Washington County, the Lottery awarded more than $33.7 million in prizes and contributed more than $23.9 million to programs serving the county's older residents.
- In Fayette County, the Lottery awarded more than 35.7 million in prizes and contributed more than 19.6 million to programs serving the county's older residents.
- In Philadelphia County, the Lottery awarded more than $287.6 million in prizes and contributed more than $307.3 million to programs benefiting older residents.
How to play Cash 5: 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 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. Cash 5 drawings are held seven nights a week, and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1-in-962,598; the overall odds of winning any prize are about 1-in-10.5.
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.
Purchasing the $1 Power Play option allows a winner to increase lower-tier prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4 or 5, depending on the Power Play number drawn. The jackpot and the Match 5 prize are not multiplied by this number. The Match 5 prize with the Power Play option is set at $2 million. It is $1 million without Power Play.
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 $25.8 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 players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Public Relations, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery