$1 Million, $200,000 Winning Powerball® Tickets Sold in Philadelphia, Luzerne Counties

Sep 12, 2011, 13:22 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

Sept. 7 Jackpot-Winning Ticket Sold in Maryland

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two winning Powerball tickets from the Sept. 7 drawing were sold in Pennsylvania. A ticket worth $1 million was sold at Philadelphia Beer Co., 2525 E. York St., Philadelphia, and one worth $200,000 was sold at Smoker's Choice, 323 Laurel St., Pittston, Luzerne County.

The winning tickets correctly matched all five white balls, 03-05-18-27-54, but not the red Powerball 13.

The ticket sold in Philadelphia was purchased with Power Play®, which awards $1 million for a match-five prize, less 25-percent federal withholding. The ticket sold in Pittston won a $200,000 second-tier prize, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Each retailer will receive a bonus for selling a winning ticket. The retailer in Philadelphia will receive $5,000, and the Pittston retailer will receive $500.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identities of the Sept. 7 winners until the prizes are claimed and the tickets are 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 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.

One jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Maryland, causing the Powerball jackpot to reset to an estimated annuity value of $20 million for the Saturday, Sept. 10 drawing. With no jackpot winner for the Sept. 10 drawing, the Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $25 million, or $15.1 million cash, for the Wednesday, Sept. 14, drawing.

In the 2009-10 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $270.5 million and $65.5 million in prizes to Philadelphia and Luzerne county winners, respectively, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed $235.4 million to programs that benefited older residents of Philadelphia and another $39.2 million to programs serving Luzerne County's older residents.

How to play Powerball: Players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 39 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball play slip, 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 features an option called Power Play, for an extra $1 per Powerball play (game).  A player who matches five white balls and purchased Power Play wins $1 million. Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Power Play number drawn.

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 $21.5 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: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960

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