Press Release

Lisa Ensor

December 31, 2003


HARRISBURG: Secretary of Revenue Gregory C. Fajt and Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Edward Mahlman today announced the Pennsylvania winner of the Dec. 31, 2003, Powerball Jackpot. Lisa Ensor, 42, of York, York County collects a $60,149,751.49 cash prize – the second-largest cash prize in Pennsylvania Lottery history.

“ Congratulations to Lisa,” Secretary Fajt said. “While more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians won a prize in the New Year’s Eve Powerball drawing, Lisa got to ring in the New Year in a very exciting way.’’

Ensor, accompanied by fiancé Dale Finkenbiner, presented the winning ticket at Lottery Headquarters in Middletown this afternoon, after consulting with legal counsel and financial advisers. After examination of the ticket and execution of other security measures, Lottery officials confirmed that it was the winning ticket.
“When we first looked at the ticket on New Year’s Day we thought we had matched five numbers for a $100,000 prize,” said Ensor. “Then we saw we had matched the Powerball number, and we both started screaming. We looked at the ticket again, and again, and again – all day on Jan. 1.”

Ensor opted for a one-time cash payout rather than the $110.75 million 29-year annuity. With the guidance of legal and financial counselors, Ensor plans to invest her winnings.

Ensor purchased the winning ticket on New Year’s Eve at a Rutter’s Farm Store located at 725 Arsenal Road in York. Rutter’s will receive a $400,000 bonus for selling the winning jackpot ticket. Rutter’s President Scott Hartman indicated part of the bonus will be dedicated to renovating the store that sold the winning ticket, part will go to store employees and part will go to charity.

The Dec. 31, 2003, Powerball jackpot is the third Powerball jackpot won in Pennsylvania and the second-largest cash prize in the history of the Pennsylvania Lottery.


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