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Pa. woman claims winning $131.5M Powerball ticket

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

$131.5M Pa. Powerball winner makes herself scarce

UPPER DARBY — It appears that Patricia Chandler hit the lottery and hightailed it out of Upper Darby.

No one answered the door at Chandler's home this week — or a few weeks ago — when a Philadelphia Daily News reporter came knocking in search of the new millionaire.

Lottery officials said that Chandler came forward to claim the $131.5 million annuity Powerball jackpot drawn on June 22. Chandler opted for the $77.4 million cash lump sum.

“She's probably already out of the neighborhood. My assumption is she's gone,” Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on Wednesday, adding that police haven't heard from the woman since she won. “Maybe she'll buy the block and refurbish it,” Chitwood said.

She bought the ticket at a beer distributorship. The store's owner, Gary Patel, received a $100,000 bonus for selling the winner.

Chandler hasn't commented publicly. She doesn't have the cash in hand; the lottery says it will take four to six weeks.

The odds of winning the jackpot she claimed were 1 in 175,223,510.

Near the address listed in property records for Chandler, her neighbors slammed their doors when a reporter approached to talk.

A lone insurance salesman from Havertown who did not identify himself loitered in front of Chandler's house, hoping to sell her some insurance for the newfound fortune.

— From wire reports

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