PA Lottery Cash 5 Record Jackpot of $1.9 Million Shared by Two Tickets

Feb 07, 2013, 09:31 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

Winning Tickets Sold in Lackawanna, Wayne Counties

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 tickets will share a game-record $1.9 million jackpot from the Wednesday, Feb. 6 drawing.

The two tickets, worth $950,000 each, were sold at the following locations:

  • Turkey Hill, 21 Eighth Ave., Carbondale, Lackawanna County; and
  • Lake Region IGA, 52 Welwood Ave., Hawley, Wayne County.

Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 19-22-28-39-42, to split a jackpot of $1.9 million and win individual prizes of $950,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Each retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identities of the winners until the prizes are claimed and the tickets are validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The Lottery encourages each holder of a 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.

In fiscal year 2011-12, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded a total of more than $55.8 million in prizes to winners in Lackawanna and Wayne counties. The Lottery also contributed more than $32.8 million to programs that benefited older residents of those counties.

The April 15, 2008, Cash 5 drawing previously held the record for the game's largest total payout; the jackpot worth $1,867,253 was shared between two winning tickets. That jackpot was advertised at $1.8 million.

A Cash 5 ticket worth nearly $1.7 million from the April 19, 2011, drawing holds the record as the largest single, jackpot-winning ticket since the game's 1992 inception.

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 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 in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $22.6 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.

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