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2 'Millionaire' lottery tickets sold in A-K Valley

| Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:26 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Evelyn Pepple, a cashier at the Sheetz in Ford Cliff, leans over the counter on Monday, July 7, 2014, and shows off a few lottery promotions posted near the counter where a winning $1 million ticket was sold on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Jim Rogers, a clerk at the Sheetz on Hulton Road in Plum, cleans the Pennsylvania Lottery machine on Monday, July 7, 2014, where a $1 million dollar was sold for Saturday's drawing.

Two of the four $1 million prize winning tickets in the Pennsylvania Lottery's July 5 Millionaire Raffle drawing were sold in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

The Lottery said Monday morning the $20 tickets were sold at the Sheetz store at 503 Main St., Ford Cliff and the Sheetz at 2175 Hulton Road in Plum.

Ron Pototsky received a piece of good news on Monday morning as he reported for work at Sheetz on Hulton Road, just outside Oakmont.

“The Lottery called and told us we sold a winning ticket for $1 million,” said Pototsky, 26, Sheetz manager.

Pototsky said he doesn't know the winner's identity.

“The computer picked the numbers,” Pototsky said.

Employees at the Ford City Sheetz store, which is actually in Ford Cliff, were elated when they learned their store had sold a million-dollar ticket.

“I am so pumped — I have goose bumps,” said Evelyn Pepple, a store employee, as people lined up at the register during a late morning rush.

“I'm going to tell everyone, ‘Check your ticket — check your ticket!' ”

Store manager Staci Gressley said the winner had not yet stepped forward to claim the prize.

“It's pretty exciting,” she said.

A third winner was sold at the Sheetz on William Penn Highway in Wilkins Township, near Monroeville.

The fourth was sold at a Uni-Mart in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County.

The stores that sold the tickets will each receive a $5,000 bonus, the Lottery said.

Odds of winning the top prize are one in 125,000. There are 500,000 tickets sold for the lottery, which is held twice a year, according to the Lottery website.

In last January's raffle, a $1 million winner was sold at the Sheetz in Lower Burrell.

And last July, a top prize was sold at the Rite Aid in O'Hara.

Lottery officials said they cannot confirm identities of the winners until the prizes are claimed and the tickets are validated. Millionaire Raffle winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Compiled from reporting by Trib Total Media staff writers Karen Zapf, Brigid Beatty and Liz Hayes.

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