The group purchased one of two tickets sold that matched all five numbers drawn, and therefore receives half of the $113,109 jackpot, less 27 percent federal withholding.
A winnings check will be presented to Frank Harrison, the group's leader and spokesman, during a formal presentation this Friday April 18, 2003, at 1:30 pm at Schiel's Family Market located at 30 Hanover St. in Wilkes-Barre, where the winning ticket was purchased.
Presenting the check to Frank and his hospital coworkers will be Lottery Area Manager Tom Blaskiewicz and District Lottery Representative Mike Babuska. Market owners Frank Schiel, Fred Schiel, Gary Schiel, Connie Owca-Schiel and Carleen Moleski-Schiel will host the event.
Frank says this 26-member lottery pool has been purchasing CASH 5 tickets every week for three years, and this is the first time the group has won such a large prize. As the claimant for the group, Frank will cash the winnings check and then divide the money equally among all group members. Each person will receive just over $1,587.
According to Frank, group members have various plans for their winnings. One member will use her money to help her son and daughter, another will pay for home improvements and a number of group members will use their winnings to pay bills. Frank said, "As for my money, I'm blowing it!" He plans to spend his $1,587 on a special indulgence for himself.
Frank said he was out of town the weekend of the March 1 drawing, so another group member checked the winning numbers and began spreading word of the win to the rest of the dietary staff lottery players. "The news ran through the hospital, and people were jumping all over me" Frank remembers of his return to work. "We just can't believe it," he said.
To play CASH 5, players select five numbers from a field of 1 to 39. Each game is just $1. Players may select their own set of numbers or have a "quick pick" computer-selection method do it for them. If a player matches two, three, four or five of the numbers drawn that day, he or she is a cash prize winner.
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state Lottery that designates all of its proceeds to benefit older citizens. Since inception 31 years ago, the Lottery has contributed $13 billion to programs that have expanded to include property tax and rent rebates, free and reduced fare transit for older Pennsylvanians, a co-pay prescription drug program (PACE and PACENET) and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including 650 full- and part-time senior centers, located throughout Pennsylvania.
Players must be 18 years of age or older. For more information about the Pennsylvania Lottery, please visit the Lottery's website at www.palottery.com.