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Blairsville man hits 'Cash 5' for $258,373

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:58 a.m.

A Blairsville man who says he dreams about winning Pennsylvania Lottery numbers picked a winning ticket worth $258,373 in the lottery's June 26 Cash 5 game.

State lottery officials handed Ronald J. Modrey, 52, a check for his winnings, minus federal withholding taxes, Thursday at Choice Store in Derry Township.

Modrey, who purchased the winning ticket at that store, was one of three winners in the June 26 Cash 5 game, which was worth $775,120. A Philadelphia man has produced another winning ticket. The third winning ticket has not turned up.

Modrey told lottery officials that when he bought the ticket at Choice Store, 'an inner voice told me 'you only need to play $1 to win.'' He did not quite believe that 'inner voice,' so he paid $3 for three quick picks on the Cash 5. When he watched the televised drawing that night, Modrey said the first line of play on his Cash 5 ticket matched the winning numbers.

When Modrey told his wife, Donna, he had a winning ticket, she said, 'Oh, you hit all the time.' But she did not realize it was for so much money, Modrey told lottery officials.

Modrey won $2,100 in January on the Pennsylvania Daily Number game. About four years ago, he won $2,700 in the Big 4 game. He said he purchased both of those winning tickets after dreaming about hitting the winning numbers and screaming, 'I won, I won!'

Modrey, a construction worker for Pevarnik Brothers Inc. of Latrobe, plans to take his wife on a vacation to Cancun, Mexico. Their 15-year-old son, who plays in the high school band, will get a new baritone saxophone. Modrey reportedly may take a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, next summer. He plans to set aside the remainder of the proceeds for retirement.

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