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Sheetz Ticket Purchase Yields $1 Million Payoff for Pennsylvania Lottery Winner

The lottery winner described the experience as "truly life-changing."
Cover Image Source: Mega Millions forms | Getty Images
Cover Image Source: Mega Millions forms | Getty Images

A stroke of luck can indeed change one's life in an instant, as evidenced by Jake Parkinson, a 26-year-old resident of Butler County, Pennsylvania. In a surprising turn of events, Parkinson found himself holding a winning ticket worth $1 million in the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, a thrilling moment that has left him stunned yet grateful.

A punter fills out a National Lottery ticket on | Getty Images | Photo by Peter Macdiarmid
Image Source: A punter fills out a National Lottery ticket | Getty Images | Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

Parkinson's journey to his life-altering win began with a spontaneous decision to try his luck with a $20 ticket purchased at Sheetz on New Castle Road in Butler. Despite not being a regular lottery player, he was enticed by the allure of the raffle and decided to take a chance. Little did he know that this seemingly ordinary purchase would lead to an extraordinary outcome.

He shared that a few days after the drawing, he noticed a sign at Sheetz proclaiming the sale of a $1 million raffle ticket. Intrigued, he decided to check his ticket using the Pennsylvania Lottery's Official App. He was elated upon discovering his victory, describing the experience as "truly life-changing."

 A customer purchases a Powerball lottery ticket at the Brew Market & Cafe on October 10, 2023 in Austin, Texas. The Powerball jackpot has grown to over $1.7 billion, making it the second largest jackpot in history | Photo by Brandon Bell | Getty Images
Image Source: A customer purchases a lottery ticket | Photo by Brandon Bell | Getty Images

The celebratory moment came to fruition on February 28 when Parkinson was presented with a commemorative check by Pennsylvania Lottery officials and representatives from Sheetz, the retailer where he purchased the winning ticket. At the check presentation ceremony, he was lauded for his remarkable win. Moreover, Sheetz received $5,000 as a bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

As a truck driver by profession, Parkinson's newfound fortune opens up a world of possibilities. He plans to utilize his winnings wisely, intending to pay off his house and invest the remainder for the future. For him, this win represents not just a stroke of luck but a significant turning point in his life, offering financial security and stability.

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The New Year’s Millionaire Raffle game, which debuted in 2005, has garnered immense popularity among Pennsylvania lottery enthusiasts. With a track record of making 136 individuals millionaires since its inception, the raffle continues to captivate players with its promise of life-changing prizes.

The recent drawing on January 6 distributed a total of 6,000 cash prizes, exceeding a cumulative value of $5 million. Among these prizes were four $1 million prizes, four $100,000 prizes, 100 prizes of $1,000, and 5,892 prizes of $100.

A customer receives Powerball tickets from a clerk at a 7-Eleven store January 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Powerball Jackpot Surged to a record $900 Million in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands before tonight's drawing | Photo by Joshua Lott | Getty Images
Image Source: A customer receives lottery tickets | Photo by Joshua Lott | Getty Images

Despite the allure of the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, players are well aware of the odds stacked against them. With the overall odds of 1 in 83.33, winning the raffle requires a significant stroke of luck, and the probability of winning a $1 million prize stands at 1 in 125,000, underscoring the rarity of such a windfall.

For those intrigued by the prospect of lottery participation, purchasing tickets is a straightforward process. Local convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores serve as primary outlets for ticket sales. In select states and territories, including Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York, individuals can also conveniently order tickets online through platforms like Jackpocket.