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Record PA Match 6 lottery winner flees media attention

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Record PA Match 6 lottery winner flees media attention

Elmer Crone Jr., 69, might be happy to be Pennsylvania's newest millionaire.

He is apparently not happy with all the attention the win has brought him, however.

On Monday, the state Department of Revenue announced that Crone had won $5.9 million in the largest Match 6 payoff to date in the game's 16-month history.

Crone lives in a secluded area in Carroll Twp. in one of three homes off a narrow cul-de-sac in a stand of hardwoods.

A neighbor, who declined to give his name, said Crone packed up his car Monday and went to parts unknown after just one day of the kind of attention big lottery winners often receive.

"There must have been dozens of cars driving up into his driveway yesterday," the neighbor said.

"Sometimes there were four or five at a time. There were church groups, people looking for handouts, everybody you can think of."

When approached, the neighbor at first had said he didn't know Crone, and had no idea where he lived.

He eventually relented and said that Crone had been distressed over all the strangers showing up at his door.

"It was quite a strain on him. He hasn't been in the best of health, and it was a lot to deal with," he said. After a moment, he added: "Still, I wouldn't mind being Elmer Crone."

Crone bought his winning ticket at the Giant Food Store on Route 15 in Carroll Twp.

Crone won $5,858,436 -- the largest Match 6 lotto jackpot ever -- by matching all six winning numbers (29-30-34-40-43-46) in the May 3 drawing.

Crone won the 11th jackpot since the Match 6 game's debut Jan. 30, 2004. In total, Match 6 lotto has paid out more than $88 million in cash prizes to more than 17.8 million winners.

The winning Lucky for Life Lotto ticket also was sold last week; one ticket matched all six winning numbers in the May 4 drawing.

That top prize, $3,000 a month for life, has not been claimed.

Since its inception 33 years ago, the Lottery has contributed more than $14.6 billion to various programs.

Among those are property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including 650 full- and part-time senior centers throughout Pennsylvania.

The latest and past Pennsylvania lottery results can be found on the Lottery Post Pennsylvania Lottery Results page.

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Posted: May 12, 2005, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

Good thing Mr Crone didn't hit Unlucky for Life.

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    Posted: May 12, 2005, 2:03 pm - IP Logged



    Good thing Mr Crone didn't hit Unlucky for Life.



    We get it, you don't like annuities.

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      Posted: May 12, 2005, 3:42 pm - IP Logged

      This is exaclty what is wrong with this society. Full of vultures.  If I did win no one who asked me for money would get it. I would dictate who i would give it to.

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        Tennessee
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        Posted: May 12, 2005, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

        poor old man can't get any peace.....

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          Posted: May 12, 2005, 9:18 pm - IP Logged

          That's smart. Take a couple of weeks vacation or whatever and return in two weeks time and claim your money.

          Then perhaps some other winner will be on top of the news.



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            Posted: May 12, 2005, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

            one more thing if you can't handle the winning attention don't buy any tickets!!

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              Posted: May 12, 2005, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

              i know i can handle it,lol

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                Posted: May 13, 2005, 12:17 am - IP Logged

                I would be more than happy dealing with that problem.  Anyone who can't handle it can always sell me their ticket.

                How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                  Posted: May 13, 2005, 5:28 am - IP Logged

                  i agree with you on that.....

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                    Posted: May 13, 2005, 5:29 am - IP Logged

                    but i guess he just didn't wanna be bothered.

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                      Posted: May 13, 2005, 10:03 am - IP Logged



                      one more thing if you can't handle the winning attention don't buy any tickets!!



                      I would not want a lot of media attention either!!!  Folks all in your business, folks trying to tell you how to spend your money.  It's like suddenly you are a celebrity, and you have these "new friends" who only want to be around you because you have money.

                       

                      Where where they when you were down on your luck?  I don't blame him for leaving.  I would have to change my phone number and go into hiding too!!!  

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                        Posted: May 13, 2005, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                        My man should have had a planned exit strategy for the potential of winning.  For all those players who are watching, not having an exit strategy for getting out of town, you are asking for hell on earth at a time when you should be enjoying a BLESSING!

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                          Posted: May 13, 2005, 11:53 am - IP Logged

                          Crone should have accepted his winnings in the form of a trust fund.  The lottery has to release the name of the trust fund (call it anything you want), but not who the beneficiary (winner) is.  I bet Crone is driving up the coast with Joe Walsh in the background -- My maserati does 185...  LOL

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                            Posted: May 13, 2005, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

                            My plan should I ever become so lucky is: before I call my lawyer and financial planner I make a call to the phone company and cancel my land line. Then get one of those disposable cell phones with x amount of minutes. Then I contact the lawyer and planner get all the ducks lined up. once that is all done I slip silently out in the middle of the night as the colts did in Baltimore.--------------- I hope to leave barely a ripple