MIDDLETOWN, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 tickets sold at the same Lehigh Valley store will split a $500,000 jackpot.
The jackpot-winning Cash 5 tickets for the May 14 drawing were sold at Tom's Tobacco Shop, 1880 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem, Northampton County.
Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 10-19-23-27-43, to win individual prizes of $250,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.
The retailer will receive selling bonuses totaling $1,000.
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.
More than 60,800 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in the May 14 drawing.
In fiscal year 2011-12, the Pennsylvania Lottery awarded a total of nearly $38.7 million in prizes to winners in Northampton County. The Lottery also contributed nearly $23.2 million to programs that benefited older residents of that county.
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, 717-702-8008
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery