MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two winning tickets sold on opposite sides of the state split a $450,000 Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 jackpot from the Thursday, December 1, drawing.
Both tickets correctly matched all five balls drawn, 11-13-21-24-31, to each win $225,000, less applicable tax withholding.
The winning tickets were sold by Giant Eagle, 910 Freeport Road, Blawnox, Allegheny County; and SN Food Mart, 80 E. Oregon Ave., Philadelphia. Each retailer earns a $500 selling bonus.
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 45,000 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 Philadelphia County, the Lottery awarded more than $310.9 million in prizes and contributed more than $273.6 million to programs serving the county's 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.
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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