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June 14, 2012

Mega Millions: Check your ticket — we have a winner!

NEW CASTLE — Someone in the New Castle area may be $187,500 richer today.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has reported a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 was sold at Shop ‘n Save in Westgate Plaza. The winning number was drawn Tuesday night.

The holder of the winning ticket matched all five white balls — 02-09-17-34-50 — but not the yellow Mega Ball 45, for a prize of $250,000, less 25 percent federal tax.

The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Dan Falcone, owner of the supermarket, said, “That’s great. I’m excited for my customers. It’s been awhile since we had a winner that size.”

He recalled that a customer won $250,000 in the Powerball a few years ago. This was the first winning ticket of that size that the store sold in the Mega Millions drawing, he added.

Lottery officials said they cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Mega Millions winners in Pennsylvania have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

“I have no inclination of who it is,” Falcone said of the winner.

Regarding the bonus, Falcone said, “I appreciate that.”

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 Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Pa., or at any of the Lottery’s seven area offices.

Claims may be filed at Lottery headquarters 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding more than $19.8 million in prizes to Lawrence County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $10.8 million to programs serving Lawrence County’s older residents.

The Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $39 million, or $29.8 million cash, for Friday’s drawing.

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