MIDDLETOWN, Pa., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Lottery retailers statewide are experiencing very strong ticket sales as jackpots for the multi-state Powerball® and Mega Millions® games have grown to a combined total of $520 million.
Before the Powerball® jackpot for May 15 rolled to $350 million, two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each from the May 11 drawing were sold at the following Pennsylvania Lottery retailers:
- Sheetz, 2100 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, Allegheny County; and
- Sheetz, 900 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg, Franklin County.
Each winning Powerball ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 06-13-19-23-43, but not the red Powerball 16, to win individual prizes of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.
Each retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of either winner until each prize is claimed and each ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball 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 Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at any of Lottery's seven area offices. Claims may be filed at Lottery headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.
More than 102,400 other Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets also won prizes in the May 11 drawing.
The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $350 million, or $222.8 million cash, for the Wednesday, May 15, drawing.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn on May 10 were 01-19-20-39-49, and the yellow Mega ball number was 28. More than 40,100 Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes of up to $10,000 in the May 10 drawing.
After the May 10 Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot for Tuesday, May 14, rose to a $170 million annuity value or a $126.7 million cash prize.
Tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions are available until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. The Pennsylvania Lottery advises players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets early to avoid any last-minute rush, and to always play responsibly.
In fiscal year 2011-12, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded a total of more than $221 million in prizes to winners in Allegheny and Franklin counties. The Lottery also contributed more than $130.6 million to programs that benefited older residents of those counties.
How to play Powerball: Players pay $2 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 35 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.
Powerball is sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
How to Play Mega Millions: Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 (the Mega Ball). Players can pick their own numbers or have numbers randomly selected by computer. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier. Prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to four – is randomly selected.
A player who matches five white balls and purchased Megaplier wins $1 million. Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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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Media contact: Lauren Piccolo or Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
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