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Penn. newsstand sells $4.2M winning lottery ticket

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Penn. newsstand sells $4.2M winning lottery ticket

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Ann Marie Bossard couldn't speak.

She had just scanned one of her regular customer's lottery tickets, and the number that came up was the largest she'd ever seen for a payout at Anthracite Newsstand in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: More than $4.2 million.

"I was putting tickets in, they said 'no winner,' 'no winner.' This came out, it said 'winner.' I couldn't say anything," she said Tuesday.

Bossard said the customer buys tickets twice a week for different games. He bought the Match 6 lotto ticket Oct. 21 for the Oct. 24 drawing, when his number — 02-05-10-13-28-48 — came up. He won $4,205,027, minus a 25 percent federal tax. The combination was picked by the store's lottery machine.

Escaping the commotion in the store, Bossard and the winner walked out the back door to the nearby Pennsylvania Lottery office. Then, Bossard said, the winner called a lawyer and someone who could help him invest his windfall. Bossard did not identify the winner.

The Pennsylvania Lottery confirmed that the newsstand sold the winning ticket. Anthracite Newsstand will earn a $10,000 commission.

Bossard said the winner revealed some tentative plans for the money.

"He has an old Subaru and he's going to buy a new Subaru," she said. "He told where he works that he's going to retire. He's going to pack it in, because he can afford to retire."

Jim Alichnie, Wilkes-Barre, sometimes buys lottery tickets at the newsstand. Tuesday, he came as close as he probably ever will to winning the lottery when he saw the winner turn his ticket in.

"He was shaking his hands, shaking like a little baby, just shaking. It was amazing," Alichnie said.

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United States
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September 12, 2011
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Posted: October 27, 2011, 8:07 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to the lucky winner!I'd be shaking,too.

    New Jersey
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    Posted: October 27, 2011, 8:44 am - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the winner who is now financially secure enough to retire.  Sounds like a smart person calling his financial advisor on the way to cash in the ticket.  Also congratulations to Anthracite Newsstand for selling the winner ticket and collecting $10,000. Thumbs Up

    Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

      dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
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      May 2, 2009
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      Posted: October 27, 2011, 9:10 am - IP Logged

      Very nice and on a quick pick too!

      I'd like to check my tickets at home rather than hand them to a clerk to scan. I could take my time and think about how I'd like to handle the win

      and have some control over who knew what and when.

      The Match 6 is a fun game, I'm happy they brought it back in PA. For $2, you get a set of 3 lines with 6 numbers each (18#'s total) and 2 ways to


      One is matching numbers on one line of 6 numbers - another is matching numbers in the field of 18 numbers on the 3 lines. It's also possible to win

      both ways on one set too.

      WTG winner!!

        sully16's avatar - sharan
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        Posted: October 27, 2011, 9:10 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to the lucky winner.Party

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          Posted: October 27, 2011, 9:10 am - IP Logged

          Wooo! No Patels to rain on this winner's parade! And how convenient for the Lotto Headquarters to be right down the street! I can't even imagine the elation when folks realize they have that life-changing ticket! Well maybe I'll get to feel comfortably numb following this Saturday's Powerball drawing! Good luck LP'ers

          While the value of a dollar is substantial, hope is priceless. But if you ain't got a dollar, then it's hopeless.

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            Posted: October 27, 2011, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

            make me SHAKE BABY MAKE ME SHAKE !!!! EEEEEkkk !!!!Smash

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              Posted: October 27, 2011, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

              Did somebody notice that the store that sold the pick 6 jp in Ohio earned $1,000 while a store that sold pick 6 in PA earned $10,000.

              Ohio Lottery must be a very stingy lottery...or maybe they are normal and PA lottery is more generous. Either way, I'd rather be a store owner in PA if I was to sell lottery.

              Congrats to the winner. Looking to hit the local pick 6 here in MA

              That money's gone fo ever

                time*treat's avatar - radar

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                Posted: October 28, 2011, 3:57 am - IP Logged

                Why is the full jackpot amount made out to the newstand, on the ceremonial check?

                In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
                Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                  Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                  Posted: October 28, 2011, 11:56 am - IP Logged

                  Hope he has a nice retirement.

                  He must really like Subarus.







                  "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                              --Edmund Burke



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                    Posted: October 29, 2011, 11:58 am - IP Logged

                    They say quick picks have substance. This is how I run my group lotteries.Banana

                    Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

                      cbr$'s avatar - maren
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                      Posted: October 29, 2011, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                      Bananacongratulations , to the lucky shaking winner/ the Anthracite Newsstand did pretty nice too with $10,000  commission as well.

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                        Posted: October 31, 2011, 11:56 am - IP Logged

                        Yes Congrats to all, I'm next for sureBanana


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                          Posted: November 1, 2011, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

                          I need to subtly learn if my hubby's friend in Wilkes-Barre owns a Subaru. He's the kind that would visit a store like that - an he could use the money.



                          "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

                            mayhem's avatar - 142g5yd
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                            Posted: November 2, 2011, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

                            Wooo! No Patels to rain on this winner's parade! And how convenient for the Lotto Headquarters to be right down the street! I can't even imagine the elation when folks realize they have that life-changing ticket! Well maybe I'll get to feel comfortably numb following this Saturday's Powerball drawing! Good luck LP'ers


                            How you do anything is how you do everything.