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Erie mayor's sister-in-law is $4 million lottery winner

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Erie Mayor Joe Schember’s family now includes a millionaire.

Schember confirmed to the Erie Times-News on Friday that his sister-in-law, Leann Wolfe, is the Erie woman who won a $4 million prize in the Mega Millions drawing on New Year’s Day.

Wolfe, a 58-year-old retired Erie School District teacher, is the sister of Schember’s wife, Rhonda Schember. Wolfe was identified Thursday by the Meadville Tribune; the newspaper obtained her name after requesting it from state lottery officials under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law.

Joe Schember said Wolfe is married with two children.

“It is a surprise,” he said. “They’re good people, it’s a great family… What they really need right now is privacy, and I want to respect that.”

Schember said that neither Wolfe nor Rhonda Schember would comment on the lottery win.

Wolfe purchased the Mega Millions with Megaplier ticket for the Jan. 1 drawing, and her winning ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 34-44-57-62-70, but not the yellow Mega Ball, 14.

Lottery officials said the ticket was sold with the $1 Megaplier option, which boosted the prize to $4 million instead of $1 million, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery Association.

The Tribune reported that according to the Pennsylvania Lottery, the winning $4 million winning ticket is subject to a total of 27.07 percent in taxes, or 24 percent federal tax and 3.07 percent state personal income tax. The federal and state taxes are based on the entire prize amount.

That means $960,000 in federal taxes and $122,800 in state taxes are deducted from Wolfe’s $4 million prize, for a net of $2,917,200 in prize money.

The ticket was sold at GetGo, 6400 Peach St., Summit Township, and the store will earn a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

A single ticket sold in New York matched all five white balls drawn and the Mega Ball to win the Jan. 1 jackpot with an estimated $437 million annuity value, or $261.8 million cash.

It was the eighth-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions, which is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kevin Flowers can be reached at 870-1693 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNflowers.

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