MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 tickets worth a combined total of nearly $1 million were recently sold in Lehigh and York counties.
Two Cash 5 tickets each worth more than $371,000 from the Feb. 22 drawing were sold at Hess, 3640 Route 309, Orefield, Lehigh County, and Smoker's Express, 110 Old York Road, New Cumberland, York County. The tickets correctly matched all five balls, 02-17-23-24-36, to win a jackpot of $371,418.50, less 25 percent federal withholding. Each store will receive a $500 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
A Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 from the Feb. 24 drawing was sold at Hess, 4002 Chestnut St., Emmaus, Lehigh County. It correctly matched all five balls, 06-12-14-15-26, to win a jackpot of $225,000, less 25 percent federal withholding. Hess will receive a $500 selling bonus.
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 $103 million in prizes to winners in Lehigh and York counties. The Lottery also contributed nearly $52.3 million to programs that benefited older residents of those counties.
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.
Media contact: Lauren Piccolo or Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery