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North Huntingdon Sheetz sells $325K Cash 5 ticket

| Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 11:51 a.m.

Somebody who stopped by a Sheetz convenience store near the Turnpike entrance in North Huntingdon over the weekend is due a whole lot of cash.

Pennsylvania Lottery official announced that a jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 was sold on Saturday at the store at the intersection of North Thompson Lane and Route 30.

“Nobody has stepped forward yet to claim the prize,” Lauren Bottaro, a spokeswoman for the state lottery, said on Monday. “Hopefully, we'll hear from them soon, but they have a year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.”

The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before Lottery officials can identify a winner, according to the agency.

The jackpot-winning ticket from Saturday's Cash 5 correctly matched all five balls — 1-2-6-24-34.

The lottery withholds 25 percent of the winnings for federal taxes, and the store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

“We got a call from the lottery to inform us that we sold the winning jackpot ticket,” said T.R. Barger, a manager at the store. “But as far as we know, nobody has come in to claim the prize. It's very exciting for the store and the community that the ticket was sold here.”

Lottery officials recommend that the winner sign the back of their ticket and contact the agency to file a claim.

“A prize can also be claimed at one of the regional office or the winner can go to a store and have someone help them fill out a claim form,” Bottaro said.

To play Cash 5, players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 43.

Players can win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. More than 41,400 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in Saturday's drawing.

The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1-in-962,598. The game's odds of winning any prize are about 1-in-10.5. The Cash 5 drawing is held nightly.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2360, or at tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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