Lehigh County Siblings Win $250,000 from PA Lottery Instant Game

Oct 06, 2010, 10:30 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sister and brother from Bethlehem, Lehigh County, won $250,000 from the Pennsylvania Lottery's Big Winner Spectacular instant game.

Lottery Area Manager Craig Rogan today presented a ceremonial check to Donna Long and Brian Weil at Highway Superette on S. Fifth St. in Allentown, where the ticket was purchased. The store receives a $500 bonus.

"My brother and I are so glad we won a big prize -- now we can take the family to Disney World for Christmas," said Long. "We've won smaller prizes before, and now a prize worth $250,000.  But we know there's an even larger one out there for us, so we're going to keep playing."

Long and Weil are both employees at Harry's Garage in Bethlehem, for 27 and 33 years respectively.

Big Winner Spectacular is a $10 instant game. Introduced in October 2009, the game offers 25 top prizes of $250,000 and more than $48 million in prizes of $40 and above. Nine top prizes remain to be claimed, as do 101 prizes of $10,000 each. The odds of winning a top prize in Big Winner Spectacular are 1-in-480,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize are 1-in-3.69.

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.

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

Media contact: Veronica Sinclair-Anderson, 717-702-8008

Editor's Note: In fiscal year 2009-10, Pennsylvania Lottery players in Lehigh County won more than $41 million in prizes, and retailers in Lehigh County earned more than $3.6 million in commissions and bonuses. In fiscal year 2008-09, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $30 million to programs that benefited seniors in the county.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery