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PA Lottery Powerball Ticket Worth $1 Million Sold in Lehigh County

Jackpot for Dec. 20 Rolls to $90 Million

PR Newswire

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One Powerball® ticket worth $1 million was sold in Allentown, Lehigh County, for the Wednesday, Dec. 17, drawing.

This was the second million-dollar winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania this month; the first was sold in Philadelphia for the Saturday, Dec. 6, drawing.

The winning ticket sold at 7-Eleven, 1801 S. Fourth St., Allentown, correctly matched all five white balls, 22-31-38-47-48, but not the red Powerball 15, to earn a $1 million prize, less 25 percent federal withholding.

The retailer receives a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before the winner can be identified. 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 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 18,600 other prize-winning Powerball tickets were sold statewide for the Dec. 17 drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time.

The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $90 million, or $58.2 million cash, for the Saturday, Dec. 20, drawing.

The Pennsylvania Lottery awarded more than $51.5 million in prizes to winners across Lehigh County and contributed more than $29.7 million to programs serving the county's older residents in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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.

Purchasing the $1 Power Play option allows a winner to increase lower-tier prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4 or 5, depending on the Power Play number drawn. The jackpot and the Match 5 prize are not multiplied. The Match 5 prize with the Power Play option is worth $2 million. It is $1 million without Power Play.

Powerball is sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Pennsylvania, tickets are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights, Wednesday and Saturday.

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 $24.7 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.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners' stories and to subscribe to the Lottery's RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery

Media contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008

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