A couple of Pennsylvania Powerball players matched all five main numbers and the red Powerball on Wednesday 29 October, 2008 to scoop a jackpot worth $58.6 million. Thomas Shearer and his wife Myrna have opted to take the prize as a cash lump sum, so they will take home $30.2 million ($22.65 million after taxes).
Myrna usually plays her own selection of numbers for the Powerball lottery, but when she went to Bookland store to buy her tickets she forgot to take her list of numbers with her. Instead, she choose to play a Quick Pick ticket. Not only did her decision win her the top prize in one of America’s most popular multi-state lottery games, four of her five usual numbers were among the winning line.
The Bookland store has been selling Pennsylvania Lottery tickets for six years, and the owner, Andy Chock, receives a $100,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket. Soon after he discovered that his store had sold the jackpot ticket, Andy told journalists that he hoped the winner was a regular, so he will be delighted that Myrna has since come forward to claim her prize.
Pennsylvania Lottery players have had plenty of success with the Powerball in the last few months. On 04 October, 2008, a lottery syndicate of 22 postal workers scooped a jackpot worth $20 million and took the cash prize option worth $10.2 million. Prior to that, a family group of 14 claimed a jackpot of $86.3 million for the draw of 02 August, 2008. They too opted for cash and received $42.5 million before taxes.
All told, Pennsylvania Lottery players have now won twelve Powerball jackpots since the state joined the game in June 2002. Readers in the UK who want to participate in the Powerball lottery can do so if they buy lottery tickets online.Monday 10th November 2008
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