Record Powerball Jackpot Run Generated $28 Million for Programs Benefiting Older Pennsylvanians
MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Lottery sold three winning Powerball tickets worth $1 million each for the Wednesday, Nov. 28 drawing. The tickets were sold at the following locations:
- Swaraj Service Station, 1700 Seventh Ave., Altoona, Blair County;
- Planet Mart, 494 N. Pike Road, Cabot, Butler County; and
- Sunoco, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, Montgomery County.
Each ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 05-16-22-23-29, but not the red Powerball 06, to win a prize of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.
Each retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
"Older Pennsylvanians also came away as big winners because this jackpot run generated more than $28 million in funding for vital services to older adults," said Executive Director Todd Rucci. "It will help fund prescription drug programs, provide property tax and rent rebates, support senior centers and hot meal programs, contribute to long-term living programs, and sponsor free transit and reduced-fare shared rides -- every day."
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winners until each prize is claimed and each ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball 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 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.
The Nov. 28 Powerball jackpot reached a game-record $587.5 million annuity prize, or $384.7 million cash. Jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.
The Powerball jackpot had been growing since Oct. 6. Through Nov. 28, the Pennsylvania Lottery saw just over $93 million in Powerball and Power Play sales – ranking it third among participating states in overall sales for this run.
Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball/Power Play sales peaked between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 28, selling at a clip of about $40,500 per minute.
The Powerball jackpot reset to an estimated annuity value of $40 million, or $26.2 million cash, for the Saturday, Dec. 1, drawing.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding more than $32 million in prizes to Blair County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $16.4 million to programs that benefited the county's older residents. In Butler County, Lottery prize awards totaled more than $27 million and funding for benefits to older adults totaled more than $13 million. In Montgomery County, the Lottery awarded more than $97.1 million in prizes to winners and contributed more than $51 million to programs serving 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. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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 $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.
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Media contact: Gary Miller or Lauren Piccolo, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery