Million-dollar lottery ticket sold at Charleroi Save-A-Lot
By Chris Buckley
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 12:11 a.m.
On a wall in the Charleroi Save-A-Lot store — under a sign that reads, “Winning Tickets Sold Here!” — owner Vince Vaccaro posts a notice of every winning ticket he has sold valued at $10,000 or more.
On Tuesday, Vaccaro posted a notice celebrating the largest winning ticket sold at his store to date — $1 million.
According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, the winning Cash 5 ticket sold Monday at the Charleroi store correctly matched all five balls drawn in the game — 9-19-24-30-42 — to win a jackpot of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding tax.
The store at 110 McKean Ave. receives a $5,000 selling bonus, according to the lottery.
According to a press release on the lottery website, officials could not immediately identify the winner because the prize had not yet been claimed and validated as of Tuesday.
Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prizes.
Vaccaro said he was notified by lottery officials Tuesday that a ticket sold at his store Monday was a $1 million winner.
“They could just take it to Harrisburg or come here,” Vaccaro said of the winner. “We processed one for a half million dollars once, so we could process it here.”
That previous high for the store was sold on July 4, 2012, a sort of financial Independence Day for the owner of that $500,000 winning ticket.
In the 2013 state fiscal year, which ended June 30, more than $35.6 million in prizes were awarded to Washington County residents, state Lottery statistics indicate.
In addition, the Lottery contributed, through gaming proceeds, more than $20.5 million to programs serving the county's seniors.
Vaccaro said he does not reveal the names of people who buy winning tickets from his store. The store has sold tickets to 13 previous winners of $10,000 or more. Vaccaro opened a Foodland supermarket in Charleroi in 1985. He converted the store to a Save-A-Lot in 1995.
According to Pennsylvania Lottery recommendations, the holder of the winning ticket should sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of Lottery's seven area offices or at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. Claims may be filed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at area offices and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at headquarters.
Next to the latest winner notice in Save-a-Lot is a sign that reads: “This space saved for the next big winner.”
Charlotte Vaccaro, Lottery manager and wife of the owner, said customers often rub the sign for luck before stepping up to the ticket window. It is unknown if the latest winner followed that tradition.
The notice was moved down one space Tuesday to make room for the store's latest big winner.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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