Winning Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $225K sold at Exeter beer distributor

By Joe Dolinsky - | August 22nd, 2015 3:47 pm

EXETER — Someone left Cold Case Beverage Thursday with more than just a couple of cold ones.

A winning Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $225,000 was sold Thursday at the 1712 Wyoming Ave. beer distributor in Exeter, according to a Friday news release from the Pennsylvania Lottery announcing the jackpot.

The winning ticket correctly matched all five balls (08-14-34-36-40) in Thursday’s drawing, which also included more than 22,800 other prizes of various amounts, officials said. Federal tax law requires 25 percent to be withheld from prizes over $5,000.

According to the lottery’s website, the probability of matching all five Cash 5 game numbers per play is 1:962,598. Tickets cost $1.

Marty Cirelli, Cold Case owner, said he wasn’t sure who bought the winning ticket but wagered he’d find out soon enough.

“Nobody’s done any cartwheels through the door yet,” Cirelli said.

Lottery winners are required to be identified under the state’s Right-to-Know law, including their name, residence and prize amount.

It wasn’t the first time Cold Case distributed more than just beer.

Cirelli said the business sold another winner last April, a prize totalling $655,000.

For selling the latest winner, the retailer will receive $500, officials said.

To claim their prize, winners are instructed to sign the back of the ticket, call the lottery office and file a claim at any of the seven area lottery offices. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

An office located at 49 S. Washington St. in Wilkes-Barre serves retailers in Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Asked what the business will do with the $500, Cirelli said it will probably have “some kind of party.”

And why not? It already has the beer.

By Joe Dolinsky

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