MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Arpil 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Powerball ticket worth $2 million from the April 7 drawing was sold at Xtra Mart, 114 W. Hartford St., Milford, Pike County.
The ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 05-13-17-20-30, but not the red Powerball 18, and added Power Play®, which sets the prize at $2 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.
This is Pennsylvania's first $2 million match-five Power Play prize since enhancements to Powerball took effect in January. Before those changes, this prize would have been worth only $1 million.
The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling this winning ticket. Before the game was changed, it would have earned a $5,000 bonus corresponding with the smaller jackpot.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the April 7 winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.
The Lottery encourages the holder of the 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 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.
The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $94 million, or $56.9 million cash, for the Wednesday, April 11, drawing.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $4.6 million in prizes to Pike County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $3 million to programs serving Pike County's older residents.
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 tickets are sold in 44 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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 nearly $21.5 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: Allison Roberts, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery