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Someone In PA Won $456 Million Powerball Prize, It’s Unclear Who Though

Paper Powerball ticket

One lucky Pennsylvania Lottery player bought a $456.7-million jackpot-winning Powerball ticket at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Lancaster County.

The ticket matched all five white balls, which were 22-57-59-60-66, and the red Powerball 07, to win the massive multi-state lottery jackpot.

The $456.7-million jackpot is the Pennsylvania Lottery’s biggest ever. Plus, it is the eighth-largest in Powerball history. The jackpot had been growing since January 10. In fact, there were 19 draws held prior to this past Saturday’s win.

The winner has yet to come forward and claim the prize. Of course, Lottery officials cannot confirm the winner’s identity until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated.

Annuity or lump sum?

Whoever holds the winning ticket will be able to choose between accepting a $456.7 million annuity in 30 payments over the next 29 years, or a $273.9 million lump sum in cash.

The winner has one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize. Plus, the winner or winners will need to sign the back of the ticket, call a Pennsylvania Lottery office, and file a claim at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County.

Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced Monday the ticket was sold at the Speedway on 675 Lancaster Road in Manheim. Additionally, the Speedway station will collect a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko congratulated everyone involved in a press release:

“I’m happy to congratulate Speedway for earning a $100,000 bonus for selling this huge winning ticket. I also want to congratulate the more than 113,000 other Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball players who won prizes of varying amounts in Saturday’s drawing, and thank everyone who played.

“This is largest jackpot the Pennsylvania Lottery has ever awarded as well as our state’s 18th Powerball jackpot. It seems that St. Patrick’s Day brought some great luck to this fortunate Powerball player and we are anxious to meet our big winner or winners.”

18th Powerball winner in PA Lottery history

The winner will be the Pennsylvania Lottery’s 20th multi-state jackpot winner. A total of 18 of those wins have come in Powerball since the Pennsylvania Lottery started selling tickets for the multi-state lottery in 2002.

Additionally, the two other jackpot wins came in Mega Millions. The Pennsylvania Lottery started selling Mega Millions tickets in 2010.

Powerball is one of the most popular lottery games in the country. Tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Jackpots start at $40 million and have a reputation for growing quite large. In fact, the Pennsylvania Lottery’s recorded was $1.6 billion in January 2016. Three winners from California, Florida, and Tennessee split that record-setting jackpot.

The Pennsylvania Lottery got the go-ahead to start selling online lottery tickets as a part of gambling expansion laws passed by state legislators this past October. Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced March 14 online lottery sales will begin in May. However, at least at launch, there will be no online Powerball sales.

All Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds go to programs benefiting older residents. Ticket sales began in 1972. The Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed $28 billion to fund various programs for older residents since that time. These include:

  • Property tax and rent rebates
  • Transportation
  • Care services
  • Prescription assistance
  • Senior centers
  • Meals

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Marty Derbyshire

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.