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Pa. lottery winners get $1.3 million checks

April 19, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tammy Pearl couldn't wait to get to the bank Thursday afternoon.

She had a check for $1.3 million from the Pennsylvania Lottery burning a hole in her pocket and she wanted to deposit her winnings from the March 9 Super 6 Lotto before the bank closed.

Fourteen employees at the Food Lion store on Philadelphia Avenue received their checks in the parking lot of Sheetz, 270 N. Second St., Chambersburg, Thursday afternoon. Sheetz received a check for $300,000 from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The jackpot was worth more than $30 million cash, and after taxes each received about $1.3 million.

The group had been putting $5 each into a pool and buying tickets for the Super 6 jackpot for eight weeks prior to winning.

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In addition to Pearl, the winners include: Travis Hoverter, Richard Grove, Ronald Fritz Jr., Diane Foreman, Heidi Carbaugh, Sandy McClure, Robert Perry and Dorothy Smith, all of Chambersburg; Brenda Hockensmith of Mercersburg, Pa., Nancy Harlowe of Marion, Pa., Daryl Reeder of Fort Loudon, Pa., Linda Rensch of Fayetteville, Pa., and Robert Sweeney of Harrisonville, Pa.

Pearl said Thursday it still hasn't sunk in that she is a millionaire.

She said she continued to work at Food Lion until April 11.

"I'm taking some time off. I'm overwhelmed and there are a lot of decisions," she said.

Pearl said she may decide to return to her job at the grocery store, where she worked for 5 1/2 years, when things settle down.

But for now she and her husband, John, have their sights set on buying or building a new home.

Thursday's payout was the largest one-time cash payment the lottery has made in its 30-year history.

The March 9 drawing was billed as having a $60 million annuity value. Players had the option of taking 26 annuity payments or collecting a one-time cash payout equal to the cost of purchasing the annuity. The jackpot had been steadily building since one winner matched all six numbers and won $17.2 million Dec. 5.

The group selected the cash option when they spent $70 on tickets. The winning number was 05-25-33-46-59-66.

Pearl said the day after the March 9 drawing, she heard there was a winning ticket. She and her boss began checking the numbers.

"She got to the second ticket and we started screaming," she said.

Pearl said after double-checking the numbers with a newspaper listing she started calling the other winners to fill them in on their good fortune.

Pearl, who has two sons ages 21 and 27, said she will continue to play the lottery. She said she bought Big Game tickets earlier in the week and was still following the Super 6, which is up to a $14 million annuity in Saturday's drawing.

To play Super 6, players select six numbers from a field of one to 69. Players must match all six numbers with those drawn by the lottery to win the jackpot prize.

The Pennsylvania Lottery was established in 1971, and proceeds were initially targeted to provide property tax relief for the elderly in the Commonwealth.

Since then, programs have expanded to include rent rebates, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and free and reduced-fare transit for older Pennsylvanians and reduced vehicle registration fees, programs administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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