MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A game-record Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 jackpot of just over $2 million from the Tuesday, January 17, drawing was shared by three winning tickets sold in Allegheny, Beaver and Lehigh counties.
"We're thrilled that the largest jackpot in Cash 5 history will be shared by several big winners," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Last night's historic drawing also created nearly 159,000 other Cash 5 winners all across Pennsylvania."
The jackpot-winning tickets correctly matched all five balls drawn, 03-04-12-15-39, to each win $666,667, less applicable tax withholding. The winning tickets were sold by:
- Community Supermarket, 1710 Pacific Ave., Natrona Heights, Allegheny County;
- Marathon, 3608 Broadhead Road, Monaca, Beaver County; and
- Sunoco, 1602 S. 4th St., Allentown, Lehigh County.
Each retailer earns a $5,000 selling bonus.
This record Cash 5 jackpot, which totaled $2,000,001, had been growing since Saturday, January 7, when a $125,000 jackpot was won by one ticket sold in Allegheny County. The game's previous record was a $1.9 million jackpot that was split by two winning tickets in 2013.
The 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 158,900 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in the drawing, creating "Winners, winners – everywhere!" Players should check every ticket, every time. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at Lottery retailers.
In Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $247.6 million in prizes to winners and provided more than $131.9 million to programs that benefit older residents during the 2015-16 fiscal year. In Beaver County, the Lottery awarded more than $32.3 million in prizes and contributed more than $17.6 million to programs serving the county's older residents. In Lehigh County the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $58.2 million in prizes to winners and provided more than $27.5 million to programs that benefit 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 play slip, 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. Chances of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598; the overall chances of winning any prize are about 1 in 10.5.
About Us: 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 nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.
Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.
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