Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 Jackpot Reaches Record $1.9 Million

Feb 06, 2013, 10:57 ET from Pennsylvania Lottery

Powerball® Jackpot for Tonight is $208 Million

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Cash 5 jackpot has reached a record $1.9 million after rolling seven times. It has been growing since two tickets split the Jan. 29 jackpot.

"Excitement is very high among Pennsylvania Lottery players," said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. "In addition to our Cash 5 jackpot reaching a record level, tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $208 million. This promises to be a busy day at Lottery retailers."

Should no player hit tonight's Cash 5 jackpot, it will rise to at least $2 million.

The April 15, 2008, Cash 5 drawing holds the record for the 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.

Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. Claims may be filed at 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.

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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