MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Cash 5 drawing on Christmas Eve saw two winning tickets sold in Lehigh and Philadelphia counties split a $225,000 jackpot.
Both tickets sold for the December 24 drawing correctly matched all five balls, 05-24-25-41-42, to each win $112,500, less applicable tax withholding. These retailers will each receive a $500 bonus for selling the big winning tickets:
- Sunoco, 1602 S. 4th St., Allentown, Lehigh County;
- Monument Mail Room & Check, 4160 Monument Road, Philadelphia.
The prizes must be claimed and the tickets validated before the winners can be identified. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.
The Lottery encourages each holder of a jackpot-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.
More than 27,100 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in the drawing, producing "Winners, winners – everywhere!" Players should check every ticket, every time. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at Lottery retailers.
In the 2014-15 fiscal year: In Lehigh County, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $52.2 million in prizes to winners and provided more than $32.5 million to programs that benefit older residents. In Philadelphia County, the Lottery awarded more than $287.6 million in prizes and contributed more than $307.3 million to benefit programs serving older adults.
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 $25.8 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 players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Public Relations, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery