Cumberland County Woman Wins $60,000 from PA Lottery Instant Game

Dec 07, 2010, 13:36 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

ENOLA, Pa., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mary Kanish-Thornton, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, won $60,000 from the Pennsylvania Lottery's instant game, Diamond Mine.

District Lottery Representative Frank Fiorilla today presented a ceremonial check to Kanish-Thornton at the Uni-Mart on Wertzville Road in Enola, where the ticket was purchased.

"My husband, Eric, and I are parents of three children, two of whom are 13-year-old twins, so this money couldn't have come at a better time," said Kanish-Thornton, who has worked at a restaurant on the Carlisle Pike for 30 years. "This prize is great, so I'm going to pay off some bills and buy my husband a new car."

Diamond Mine, $3 per ticket, offers 10 top prizes of $60,000 and more than $14 million in total cash prizes. Four top prizes remain to be claimed. The odds of winning a top prize in Diamond Mine are 1-in-720,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-4.19.

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 $20.1 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 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.

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Editor's Note: In fiscal year 2009-10, Pennsylvania Lottery players in Cumberland County won nearly $31 million in prizes, and retailers in Cumberland County earned almost $2.6 million in commissions and bonuses. In fiscal year 2008-09, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed approximately $15 million to programs that benefited older adults in Cumberland County.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery