Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

A lucky winner of the $600,000 Cash 5 drawing March 22 has yet to turn in the winning ticket.

The ticket was bought at T&J Petroleum, 489 Pottsville Saint Clair Highway, Pottsville, and matched all five numbers, 17-21-27-37-43.

The winning ticket had not yet been claimed as of Monday, according to Allen Zieglar, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Lottery. Zieglar said sometimes people don’t immediately realize they have the winning ticket.

Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize.

Chad Harris, a shift manager at T&J, said he also does not know who the winner is.

“I’m actually surprised nobody has turned in the ticket yet,” he said Monday.

Harris said he asked customers who regularly play the Cash 5 if they won, but they said they didn’t win.

“Who knows who has the ticket at this point,” he said.

The business receives a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, something they don’t get until the ticket is verified. The winner must pay applicable taxes, 25 percent federal withholding tax and 3.07 percent state tax for winning more than $5,000. Winners can request checks be mailed or they can pick them when the checks are available after four to six weeks.

A person with winning lottery ticket should sign the back of it, call the lottery office at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of the area offices from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at lottery headquarters, Middletown, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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