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Chambersburg woman wins $395K Cash 5 prize

July 29, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

STATE LINE, Pa. -- A Chambersburg, Pa., woman is $395,698 richer thanks to a winning Pennsylvania Cash 5 ticket purchased Monday in State Line.

The Pennsylvania Lottery confirmed Wednesday that Barbara Jeannette of Chambersburg was one of two Pennsylvanians to win Monday's Cash 5 jackpot, which was valued at more than $700,000.

Winning the lottery has yet to sink in for Jeannette.

"I am still wondering if this real," she said. "It's not so much (money) that I can quit (working), but it is still a nice hit. I am so excited."

Jeannette, 48, said she has "let herself play" the lottery every morning at Earl's Market in State Line for the last few years.

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"It's what I do on my way to work," she said. "I pop in and I buy my ticket."

Playing the lottery each morning and scanning her ticket in the afternoon has become a ritual for Jeannette, a Pittsburgh native who works at Hoffman Transport Inc. in Greencastle, Pa.

Monday, however, was different. Jeannette said she was unable to stop after work on Monday to scan her Cash 5 ticket.

Little did she know the ticket she carried for 24 hours was worth $395,698.

"I had never won before, not a significant amount anyway," she said.

Joe Lesko, owner of Earl's Market, said Jeannette is the first major winner at Earl's in at least five years. The last ticket he sold that won a significant amount was worth about $20,000, he said.

Lottery spokeswoman Veronica Sinclair-Anderson said the state will withhold 25 percent of Jeannette's winnings for federal taxes.

Even with the government taking its share, Jeannette said she still is in elated shock.

"When I scanned the ticket and saw how much it said I won, I said, 'Joe is this thing lying to me?'" she said.

Reading $395,698 on the screen, Lesko told her there was no mistake. She had won.

Jeannette said her net winnings of $296,773.50 will go to help her mother-in-law and supplement retirement for herself and her husband.

Sinclair-Anderson said the Pennsylvania Lottery will present Jeannette with the big check next week at Earl's Market. The presentation tentatively is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 11 a.m.

Jeannette said she will receive her first "real" check in four to six weeks.

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