$1M Power­ball ticket waits to be claimed

North Penn Life - - OPINION - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme- dia.com

A win­ning Power­ball lot­tery ticket sold over the May 18- 19 week­end at the T- Eleven at the in­ter­sec­tion of Hor­sham and North Wales roads in Mont­gomery Town­ship is worth $ 1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Lau­ren Pic­colo, spokes­woman for Penn­syl­va­nia Lot­tery.

Pran­jal Pa­tel, the fran­chisee of the con­ve­nience store at T91 Hor­sham ooad, said a lot­tery rep­re­sen­ta­tive alerted him May 2M.

The win­ning ticket was sold May 1T, ac­cord­ing to Pic­colo.

She said May 2M that the owner of the win­ning ticket has not yet emerged.

Pa­tel says he’s not sure who bought the ticket, or when specif­i­cally it was sold.

He called it a record amount for money won from lot­tery tick­ets sold at the store

“We’ve had a $ 25, MMM win­ner, and a few $ 1, MMM win­ners, but noth­ing this large be­fore,” Pa­tel said.

The win­ner has un­til May 18, 2M14, to claim the prize — which to­tals $ 1 mil­lion, less 25 per­cent fed­eral with­hold­ing — ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Penn­syl­va­nia Lot­tery.

It states that lot­tery of­fi­cials “can­not con­firm the iden­tity of ei­ther win­ner un­til each prize is claimed and each ticket is val­i­dated.”

Lot­tery of­fi­cials en­cour­age each holder of a win­ning ticket to sign the back of the ticket and call the Penn­syl­va­nia Lot­tery at T1T- TM2- 814S, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion.

It states that win­ners can fiOH D FODLP DW LRWWHry hHDGquar­ters in Mid­dle­town, Dauphin County, or at any of LWs sHvHn DrHD RI­fiFHs, whLFh in­cludes lo­ca­tions in Philadel­phia (215-952-112PF at TMM Packer Ave., and in Beth­le­hem (S1M-8MT-PP19F at 44 E. Broad St.

The ticket — and one other sold at a CoGo’s in Mid­land, Beaver County — cor­rectly matched all five white balls ( 1M- 1P14- 22- 52F but not the red Power­ball ( 11F, ac­cord­ing to the same in­for­ma­tion.

It states that both retailers will re­ceive a $ 5, MMM bonus for sell­ing a win­ning ticket.

lne ticket sold in Florida won the Power­ball grand prize, an ac­tual an­nu­ity amount of $ 59M. 5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Pic­colo.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Penn­syl­va­nia Lot­tery, visit www. palot­tery. state. pa. us.

Photo by GE­OFF PAT­TON

Pran­jal Pa­tel works at the 7-11 where a win­ning Power­ball ticket was re­cently sold. Lot­tery rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­tacted him with the news May 20.

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