Joseph Petto & Family
December 22, 2004
Family Members Share $5.6 Million Cash Powerball(R) Jackpot Prize
Second Powerball(R) Jackpot Won in Pennsylvania in December 2004
MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania
Lottery today announces that four members of the Joseph Petto family -
Joe, 61, and his wife, Mercedes, 64, of Philadelphia; Mike Tartini, 41,
of Roseland, New Jersey; and Keith Wesley, 40, of Trevose, Bucks County
- are Pennsylvania's winners of the December 22, 2004 Powerball® jackpot
worth a $10.3 million annuity or $5.6 million cash, less 25 percent federal
withholding. The family has selected the cash option value - $5,662,888.20,
less 25 percent federal withholding - and will divide the jackpot among
the four family members.
Petto's jackpot-winning ticket matched all five white balls, 02-07-11-24-
31, and the red Powerball®, 18, in the December 22, 2004 drawing. The
family shares the jackpot with two other winning tickets, one sold in Arizona
and one sold in Nebraska. The December 22 jackpot had a total annuity value
of $30.9 million and a cash value of $16.9 million.
Tartini says they told family and friends they had won the Powerball® jackpot
at their annual holiday party.
"We purchased $60 to $80 worth of lottery tickets and handed them
out to our party guests," said Tartini. "We told them to enjoy
playing them and that they could easily be winners because we just won
the Powerball® jackpot in Pennsylvania."
The Petto family presented the winning ticket at Lottery Headquarters
in Middletown, Dauphin County earlier today, after consulting with legal
counsel. After examining the ticket and executing other propriety security
measures, Lottery officials confirmed that it was the winning ticket.
Petto, who selected his own number combinations, purchased the ticket
at the Beer Express, 11718 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia. Beer Express,
owned and managed by Robert Parmar, will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling
the winning jackpot ticket.
The Petto family is the seventh Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball® winner
since Pennsylvania joined the game in June 2002. The ticket was the fourth
jackpot-winning Powerball® ticket sold in Pennsylvania in 2004. Winning
Powerball® jackpot tickets also were sold in Pennsylvania for the May
8, May 29 and December 8 drawings. The December 8, 2004 Powerball® jackpot
ticket worth $171.4 million, the second-largest prize in Pennsylvania Lottery
history, was sold at Castle Food Mart in New Castle, Lawrence County. At
this time, no claim has been filed for that jackpot.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only
state Lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
older residents. Since its inception more than 32 years ago, the Lottery
has contributed more than $14.6 billion to programs that include property
tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription
drug programs PACE and PACENET; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including
650 full- and part-time senior centers throughout Pennsylvania.