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PA Lottery Cash 5 Ticket Worth $500,000 Sold in Luzerne County

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $500,000 was among 56,415 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for the Friday, Jan. 24, drawing.

Sold in Luzerne County, the ticket correctly matched all five balls, 05-14-17-19-38, to win a jackpot of $500,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.

The retailer, Beertown of Shickshinny, 11 W. Vine St., Shickshinny, earns a $500 selling bonus.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The holder of the winning ticket should promptly 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 at headquarters from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, in addition to awarding more than $82.2 million in prizes to winners across Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $39.7 million to programs serving older residents of the 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 nearly $23.7 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 its players to play responsibly and check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older.

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

Media contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008

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