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McKeesport convenience store sells winning ticket

| Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 1:41 a.m.

While the public waits for White Oak's Mega Millions winner to come forward, a smaller Pennsylvania Lottery jackpot is being split between a McKeesport convenience store customer and a diner in Luzerne County.

The state lottery said Thursday that an $800,000 Cash 5 jackpot for the Wednesday drawing was split by two winning tickets sold at American Joe's Sunoco, 2105 Walnut St., McKeesport, and John's Churchill Family Restaurant in Hazleton.

Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 01-14-22-24-38, to win individual prizes of $300,000, or $400,000 less a 25 percent withholding for federal taxes.

American Joe's Sunoco and the Hazleton restaurant each will get a $500 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning Cash 5 tickets.

Meanwhile, it's been two months and nearly two weeks since someone bought a Mega Millions ticket at White Oak Gas & Grocery on the other side of McKeesport, along Fawcett Avenue on the White Oak borough line.

The May 20 purchase netted the winner the largest jackpot in Pennsylvania history. The ticket that matched all five white balls (10, 40, 63, 64, 69) and the Megaball (07) has an annuity value of $149 million or a cash value of $86.1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.

“Every claimant is different,” state lottery spokesman Gary Miller said in late May. “They come forward on their own schedule, for their own reasons.”

The state lottery urges winners to take their time with what often will be a life-changing development.

“They should find a financial adviser they trust and speak to an attorney,” Miller said.

As for the Cash 5 winner at American Joe's, the advice about what to do with the ticket itself is the same as for the Mega Millions ticket. The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The state lottery encourages each holder of a jackpot-winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the lottery office at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of the lottery's seven area offices.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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