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Lottery ticket worth $1,000 dropped in Salvation Army kettle

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HARBORCREEK, Pa. — The winning Pennsylvania Lottery ticket, worth $1,000, was slipped into the Salvation Army red kettle, tucked inside a wad of $1 bills.

No one knew it at the time.

The anonymous donation, made Dec. 6 outside the Walmart in Harborcreek Township, 5741 Buffalo Road, had the appearance of any other donation.

But the timing of the generous gift could not have been better for the Erie County Salvation Army, as the agency's kettle drive continues to struggle once again through a holiday season.

As of Monday, the 2016 campaign had collected $79,790, down more than $22,000 from the $102,280 collected at this time in 2015, officials said.

The local 2015 kettle drive collected $158,872, its lowest total since 2008.

The drive, which began Nov. 8 and ends Dec. 24, funds the agency's holiday and toy programs for thousands of low-income residents. Salvation Army officials set a goal of collecting $190,000 for the 2016 drive, the same goal as last year's campaign.

"We are so pleased, especially since we're so far behind. It helps quite a bit," Bernie Myers, business administrator for the local Salvation Army, said about the anonymous winning ticket.

The ticket was a winner for the Fantastic 10s instant game, according to Pennsylvania Lottery officials, who made the announcement Tuesday.

"We've received donations of winning instant tickets in the past, but they're usually in an amount of $10 or $20 — never something of this size," said Major Leslie Walter, officer of the local Salvation Army. "We are very grateful for this generous donation which will help us to serve people and families in need."

The local drive's struggles mirror the fundraising challenges being faced throughout the 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army, which includes Erie and Crawford counties.

The division is lagging 2015's totals by more than $300,000, with Allegheny County's Salvation Army reporting the largest decline at around $62,000, Myers said Tuesday.

Myers cited fewer volunteer bell ringers and snowy weather this past weekend as some of the reasons for why he thinks the Erie-area drive has declined this year. Volunteers and their kettles are located at 22 sites across Erie County.

Thanks to truesee for the tip.

Erie Times-News, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: December 14, 2016, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

Very generous of that person. Hopefully they didn't forget about the ticket tucked in the wad of cash. LOL

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    Posted: December 14, 2016, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

    Noel

    Awesome!

    They do great work!

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      Posted: December 14, 2016, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

      Happy news for WalMart & The Salvation Army. HO HO HO!!!

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        Posted: December 14, 2016, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

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          Posted: December 14, 2016, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

          I like stories like this.  Nice to know there are still good people out there.

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            Posted: December 14, 2016, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

            Great story Smiley

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              Posted: December 14, 2016, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

              A wonderful story of pro-active charity contribution and not just a happenstance 'dropped' in the box

              Counselor, Caroline Casey, offers an apt metaphor to illustrate how crucial it is for us to hear and read good biblical stories. She notes that if we don't have enough of the normal, healthy kind of iodine in our bodies, we absorb radioactive iodine, which has entered the food chain through nuclear test explosions conducted in the atmosphere. Similarly, unless we fill ourselves up with stories that invigorate us, we're more susceptible to sopping up the poisonous, degenerative narratives.

               

              Hope we see more to come >>>>>

               

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                Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

                GREAT STORY!! Thumbs UpBig Grin Santa

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                  Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:23 pm - IP Logged

                  Certainly a nice gesture or do you think it was a mistake? A winning ticket wrapped inside a bunch of one dollar bills sounds like an undue error to me. I am glad that the Salvation Army was the benefactor.

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                    Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                    Certainly a nice gesture or do you think it was a mistake? A winning ticket wrapped inside a bunch of one dollar bills sounds like an undue error to me. I am glad that the Salvation Army was the benefactor.

                    The Salvation Army is one of the best charities out there to give to based on their organization and the amount of help and funds that go to the people who really need it.

                    Some of the other charities out there, some well known names, are scams and I would never donate to them as the amount of funds that actually go to something good is small and they waste money on elaborate fancy buildings and also suing others for idiotic things like using the word "cure" in their causes.

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                      Posted: December 14, 2016, 6:57 pm - IP Logged

                      What are the odds of finding a $1,000 lottery ticket in a Salvation Army kettle? Is it better than hitting the Power Ball jackpot?

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                        Posted: December 14, 2016, 7:40 pm - IP Logged
                        That was a nice gift for the Salvation Army. It will made a better Christmas for a few more 
                        people. Nice story Todd.
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                          Posted: December 14, 2016, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

                          I bet that brave bell ringer/greeter was so happy that their kettle received that lovely $1000 donation! Ho,Ho,Ho! Noel

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                            Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

                            Now each of these divisions needs a $10,000 winning lottery ticket dropped in! Snowman

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