According to Pennsylvania Lottery, someone won $150,000 in the recent Saturday Powerball draw. The ticket was purchased from an Allegheny County lottery retailer.
To win the jackpot the white balls required were 22-36-48-59-61 and the red ball required was 22. While the ticket holder did not match all, they managed to get four out of five balls that were drawn that evening for the Powerball. The lucky winner would have just won $50,000 had it not been for their Power Play option, which tripled the amount. It was the winner’s lucky stars that had him draw a Power Play multiplier of three. It is always wise to spend an extra dollar and get the Power Play option because you never know what is in store.
It was Al’s Market located at 24 Braddock Ave in Braddock that sold the winning ticket along with the Power Play option. The fortunate market owner has also won some cash in return for vending the lucky ticket. The Braddock Avenue retailer has earned a whooping sum of $500 as commission.
As per lottery statistics, the chances of getting 4 out 5 numbers along with the Powerball number are one in 913,129.
According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, the $150,000 lottery winner is the top winner of the lottery’s Saturday draw. Going by the Powerball Payout data 22,000 players managed to win prizes between $4 and $300 by matching fewer numbers in the Powerball game.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot saw no winners either; therefore, the estimated jackpot prize has no climbed to $129 million.
Pennsylvania Lottery has seen its second-best sale year in 2019-2020 of $4.47 billion, in spite of the looming coronavirus threats. There was a 25% fall in sales back in March 2020 since because of lockdown 30% of retailers were forced to shut down. During the 2019-2020 financial year, the state lottery saw a profit of more than $1 billion. That same year winner were paid a total of $2.93 billion in prizes.
Retailers in total earned more than $257 million by selling the winning tickets and earning bonus commissions. The scratch-off tickets augmented to $3.2 billion in sales as compared to $213.5 million earned by sales in 2018-2019.
The proceeds collected from the lottery are expended on older residents of the state to benefit them.
The tickets need to be validated and prizes need to be claimed before the winners can be revealed. Under the Pennsylvania Lottery rules, Powerball winners can claim prizes up to 1 year from the date of the drawing.
Winners who have not yet claimed their prize are requested to sign the back of their winning ticket and contact lottery officials. Signing the back of the ticket ensures that no one else claims it in case the player loses it.