SWARTHMORE, Pa., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --– Sultana Schwartz, of Aston, Delaware County, won $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Lottery's 20X The Money instant game.
District Lottery Supervisor Bill Sweeney today presented a ceremonial check to Schwartz at Swarthmore Beverage in Swarthmore, where the winning ticket was purchased. The store receives a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
"I retired a few months ago, and I'd never played scratch-offs until then," Schwartz said. "I have a regular routine – I buy a few instant tickets and then head over to the nearby deli before I work out. I ordered a bowl of soup and scratched my tickets. I read this ticket over and over because I thought it was a big winner. Then I went back to Swarthmore Beverage and asked the owner to check my ticket, and he told me it was a winner for $100,000."
Schwartz, a former high school teacher, plans to spend her winnings on a trip to Scandinavia with her Swedish husband, paying off their mortgage and family gifts.
20X The Money, $5 per ticket, offers 20 top prizes of $100,000 and more than $37 million in total cash prizes. Ten top prizes remain to be claimed. The odds of winning a top prize in 20X The Money are 1-in-540,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-4.33.
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 nearly $20.6 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.
For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit www.palottery.com.
Media contact: Kirstin Alvanitakis, 717-702-8008
Editor's Note: In fiscal year 2009-10, Pennsylvania Lottery players in Delaware County won more than $70 million in prizes, and retailers in Delaware County earned more than $6 million in commissions and bonuses. Last year the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $44.5 million to programs that benefited seniors in the county.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery