Bradford County Couple Wins $300,000 from PA Lottery Instant Ticket

Jun 17, 2010, 11:00 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

WYALUSING, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kenneth and Tina Walter, of Towanda, Bradford County, won $300,000 from the Pennsylvania Lottery's $3 Million Gold Nugget instant game.

Lottery officials today presented a ceremonial check to the couple at Smokin' Joe's Tobacco Shop in Wyalusing, where the ticket was purchased. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The Walters, who have been married 25 years, work at the Cargill plant in Wyalusing. They play instant games, Mega Millions and Powerball regularly.

"My husband doesn't normally buy the more expensive scratch-offs, but the clerk asked him to buy the last one in the pack, so she wouldn't have to count it anymore," said Mrs. Walter. "It turned out that was the one worth $300,000."

The Walters plan to invest a portion of the money, pay off their mortgage and other debts, help their family and make some home improvements.

$3 Million Gold Nugget is a $25 instant game. When it was introduced in June 2009, the game had six top prizes of $3 million and 30 prizes from $100,000 to $300,000. One of the $3 million top prizes is still unclaimed, two prizes of $300,000 have not been claimed, and three prizes of $100,000 are unclaimed. The odds of winning a $300,000 prize in $3 Million Gold Nugget are 1-in-480,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-3.09.

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 38 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $19.2 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including more than 600 full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit www.palottery.com.

Media contact:  Kirstin Alvanitakis, 717-702-8008

Editor's Note: In fiscal year 2008-09, Pennsylvania Lottery players in Bradford County won more than $10.1 million in prizes. The Lottery contributed more than $7.7 million to programs that benefited seniors in the county, and Lottery retailers in Bradford County earned nearly $752,000 in commissions and bonuses.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery



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