Blank tickets for the Pennsylvania Lottery's Cash 5 game are seen Dec. 30, 2013, in Easton. A winning ticket sharing in a record Cash 5 jackpot drawn Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, was sold in Allentown, lottery officials said. (Lehighvalleylive.com file photo)
A Lehigh County convenience store sold one of three winning tickets in Tuesday's game-record Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 drawing, lottery officials announced Wednesday.
Tickets sold in Allegheny and Beaver counties also matched the winning number drawn to win a share of the $2 million jackpot.
"We're thrilled that the largest jackpot in Cash 5 history will be shared by several big winners," Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in a statement Wednesday. "Last night's historic drawing also created nearly 159,000 other Cash 5 winners all across Pennsylvania."
The jackpot-winning tickets matched all five balls drawn -- 03-04-12-15-39 -- to each win $666,667, minus taxes. The winning tickets were sold by:
Sunoco, 1602 S. 4th St., Allentown, Lehigh County.
Community Supermarket, 1710 Pacific Ave., Natrona Heights, Allegheny County.
Marathon, 3608 Broadhead Road, Monaca, Beaver County.
Each retailer earns a $5,000 selling bonus, according to the lottery.
This record Cash 5 jackpot, totaling $2,000,001, had been growing since Jan. 7, when a $125,000 jackpot was won by one ticket sold in Allegheny County. The game's previous record was a $1.9 million jackpot that was split by two winning tickets in 2013.
Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. The prizes must be claimed and the tickets validated before the winners can be identified.
Millionaire Raffle tickets worth $1.2M sold in Valley
To claim the prize, the winner must sign the back of the ticket, call the lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of the lottery's seven area offices open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or at the headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The Lehigh Valley region office is at 555 Union Blvd., Suite 5, in Allentown.
More than 158,900 other Cash 5 tickets won prizes of various amounts in the drawing. Players are advised to check every ticket, every time. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at lottery retailers.
In Lehigh County, during the fiscal year 2015-16, the Pennsylvania Lottery says it awarded more than $58.2 million in prizes to winners and provided more than $27.5 million to programs that benefit older residents.
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