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$3 Million Scratch-off Ticket Sold In Scranton


SCRANTON — Jose Mendoza beat the odds. The lucky Scranton resident claimed the top prize possible — a whopping $3 million — on a scratch-off lottery ticket, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced. The windfall came in a $30-per-ticket scratch-off game called “$3 Million Cash.” After taxes first were deducted from the lottery windfall, Mendoza netted nearly $2.2 million, lottery officials said. This scratch-off game has a one-in-1.2 million chance of winning the top prize. Mendoza’s winning ticket was sold at Lans Express North S., 1227 S. Main Ave., a convenience store at a gas station in West Scranton, according to the state lottery. The retailer also received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Mendoza claimed the top prize May 16 at the state lottery’s regional office in Wilkes-Barre, said lottery spokeswoman Ewa Dworakowski. Efforts to contact Mendoza were unsuccessful. Under law, the state lottery deducts taxes from cash prizes over $5,000. Before a payout, the lottery will withhold 24 percent in federal taxes, the rate applied to prizes paid on or after Feb. 7, 2018, and 3.07 percent in state taxes. After taxes, the check amount issued to Mendoza was $2,187,900, according to Dworakowski. The $3 million prize ranked among $188.6 million in scratch-off winnings paid out during May. Other big winnings included three top prizes worth $1 million each claimed by players from Allegheny, Lycoming and Lancaster counties. Contact the writer: jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter

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