WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Someone in our area is about to be $1 million richer.
A winning Cash 5 lottery ticket was sold in Washington County, and now everyone is waiting to find out who is holding that golden ticket.
Monday was an extraordinary day at TJ’s Deli Mart.
“We had a $900 winner on a $2 scratch-off ticket,” said Dawna Ransil, of TJ’s Deli Mart.
But when TJ’s phone rang first thing Tuesday morning, Ransil quickly realized that was only the appetizer. It was lottery headquarters.
“They said we sold the winning ticket for the Cash 5,” said Ransil. “I was excited, and look, I’ve got chills again. You’d have thought I won.”
Ransil quickly spread the news to her co-workers.
“Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe it,” said Maryann Goodwill. “It was excitement. I’ve been working in the convenience store business for a long time, and finally have a big winner.”
Signs went up on the front door. The lottery machine proclaimed the news; 2 – 21 – 34 – 36 – 39 had been sold there and is worth a million dollars.
“We have a lot of regulars who come in here and buy Cash 5, and I just hope it’s one of them,” Ransil says.
With every regular in the door the ladies hoped.
“Wow, I’m a little upset,” said customer Maggie Desmond, of Washington, Pa. “That doesn’t make any sense; I wasn’t here to play.
The ladies of TJ’s are convinced they’re working a lucky machine.
“It most definitely is a lucky machine, better than the casino down the road,” said Goodwill.
The store gets a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
While the folks at TJ’s would have liked to see the winner come in today, the fact is, they have a year to claim their prize.
And if you didn’t win, you’ve got a shot at $29 million in the Mega Millions tonight or $156 million in the Powerball Wednesday night.