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$400K lottery prize claimed 'just in time'

May 28, 2009, 12:15 pm

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Pennsylvania winner says ticket shoved in shoebox for nearly a year

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — A winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $400,000 sold in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, last year was set to expire today.

But just hours before the deadline, Lottery officials announced that a winner came forward.

Two weeks ago Pennsylvania Lottery officials started asking players to check their old tickets.

Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced that the winner is Brenda Stover, of New Cumberland, who validated her winning ticket this morning.

Winning ticket stuffed in old shoebox

On May 28, 2008, Stover bought the ticket at the Karns grocery store in Mechanicsburg.  Two weeks ago, Stover's husband saw on the news that there was an unclaimed prize.  So, Brenda checked her shoebox of old tickets.

One of them matched all five of the first five Powerball winning numbers, but not the Powerball — which qualified it as the winning ticket of second prize.

Stover took the ticket to a lottery retailer on May 22, where they confirmed it was the $400,000 winning ticket.  The ticket was mailed to lottery headquarters in Middletown where officials confirmed Stover as the winner.

"We just encourage players to please check your tickets," said Ed Trees, a Pennsylvania Lottery representative.  "The lottery certainly does not want any prize, especially a prize of this size, to go unclaimed."

So far, Stover is not doing interviews and she chose not to do a public check presentation.  It is still unclear why her ticket was stuffed in an old shoebox for a year.


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Eden Prairie, MN
United States
Member #49873
February 18, 2007
63 Posts

I don't get some people.  If you were going to buy a lottery ticket,you better go check the numbers within a week,so you don't forget about the ticket and in my case,I would be thinking about the drawn numbers all day.  Since,I would be anxious about if I won or not.

    Tenaj's avatar - michellea
    Charlotte NC
    United States
    Member #17405
    June 18, 2005
    4073 Posts

    Congratulations to her.  I'm glad she found it in time.


      time*treat's avatar - radar

      United States
      Member #13130
      March 30, 2005
      2171 Posts

      Lucky it wasn't a leap year. LOL

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        Redwood City,California
        United States
        Member #70501
        February 3, 2009
        211 Posts

        If I ever get a big win in the lottery I would never send my winning ticket in the mail. What would have happend if that ticket Brenda sent in was lost ?. I could only guess. The lottery headquarters denies Brenda her winning ticket or Brenda  must wait one year to claim  the lottery money . When I win the big one, I'm going right to the lottery headquarters and claim my win. Thumbs Up

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          Member #71193
          February 20, 2009
          226 Posts

          Congratulations Thumbs Up

          "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious."
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            A long and winding road
            United States
            Member #17083
            June 10, 2005
            6639 Posts

            My  workplace is two blocks over from this town. Trust me its not surprising that someone living there would forget or toss it to the side. They are more dedicated to other matters then winning a lottery. Rather simple folks that reside there.

            The most pertubing part was the FACT she let them mail it. THe Lottery headquarters is literally a 15 minute drive over the freeway !

            Seriously now, if ya win 400K you can at least spend two bucks in gas to get you to the claims office....I would have even offered just so she could be sure it got there in time. And NO I wouldnt want a dime of her winnings for the gesture. Just the pleasure of interviewing someone that won  that much would be a hoot!

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              United States
              Member #61230
              May 16, 2008
              126 Posts

              "The ticket was mailed to lottery headquarters in Middletown where officials confirmed Stover as the winner."

              I'm speechless.

                grandpajohn's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
                United States
                Member #71027
                February 17, 2009
                603 Posts

                They had a $200K ticket that wasn't claimed today in Kentucky

                across from Cincinnati in Covington.

                It had to be claimed by 5pm today. 

                "Don't Give Up.Don't Ever Give Up"

                Jim Valvano ex N.C.State basketball coach Thumbs Up

                  North Carolina
                  United States
                  Member #59853
                  March 29, 2008
                  52468 Posts

                  I can't understand people that buy lottery tickets and just throw them in a drawer or worse an old shoebox Crazy....I can't wait to see if I won!


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                    Empress-N's avatar - voodoo
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                    April 28, 2009
                    1460 Posts

                    I check my tickets as soon as the results are posted. Some people are just different they play for the heck of it, buy a ticket and dont bother to check it because they dont think they would ever win anything but at the same time they spend the money anyway.

                    Nothing wrong with that if some people are that way cause when I win I will appreciate those careless people for their contribution. Hyper

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                      grandpajohn's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
                      United States
                      Member #71027
                      February 17, 2009
                      603 Posts

                      I'm the type that I check my tickets and if I win I want the money NOW!!! LOL

                      "Don't Give Up.Don't Ever Give Up"

                      Jim Valvano ex N.C.State basketball coach Thumbs Up

                        United States
                        Member #58526
                        February 18, 2008
                        710 Posts

                        I try to watch the televised drawing if I can.If I can't watch the live drawing,I check the USA MEGA website to see if I won.Sometimes I do both just to make sure the live drawing got it right.Wink


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                          Member #57143
                          December 19, 2007
                          31 Posts

                          I always check my tickets hours after the draw or somtimes the day after but never any later.

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