WAYNESBORO, Pa. — With just five numbers, a Rutter’s Farm Store customer became nearly $1 million richer late last week.
The store at 141 S. Potomac St. sold a Powerball ticket that hit a major jackpot in the April 14 drawing, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced in a news release.
The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls — 14, 15, 16, 19 and 24 — but not the red Powerball 02, to win a prize of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding, the news release stated.
Another ticket worth $1 million was sold for the same day’s drawing in Montgomery County, Pa.
Waynesboro Rutter’s Store Manager Jody Stine said she received a phone call Monday morning alerting her of the news.
“I was shocked,” Stine said. “Stuff like that doesn’t happen around here.”
Customers learning of the $1 million ticket had similar reactions, Stine said. Many thought it was a hoax, she said.
Powerball and Mega Millions are popular games because they have hefty jackpots, Stine said.
Waynesboro, Pa., resident Julio Bonilla spends $5 a week on tickets on behalf of his friend who lives in Winchester, Va. Bonilla, who planned to buy those tickets as he entered the store Monday afternoon, said he would ensure his family was cared for if he won $1 million.
Felicia Platt, of Waynesboro, said she would buy a car and a house.
“I wouldn’t want that. Nothing but trouble,” Waynesboro resident Wanda Brunner said of the money.
“I hope (the winner) doesn’t spend it in one place,” said James Mann, of Waynesboro.
The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages each holder of a winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at lottery headquarters in Middletown, Pa., or at any of the lottery’s seven area offices.
Claims may be filed at lottery headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.
The Powerball jackpot grew to an estimated annuity value of $131 million, or $81.4 million cash, for the Wednesday drawing, the news release stated.
Each retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the $1 million winning tickets from Saturday’s drawing, according to the news release.