Palmira Nicolo

February 28, 2009


Pennsylvania Woman Claims $87.2 Million Jackpot Share from February

MIDDLETOWN – A Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, woman has claimed a Powerball® jackpot worth $46.6 million cash from the Feb. 28 drawing. She claimed a share of a larger jackpot split with one other top-prize winning ticket sold in Delaware.

Palmira Nicolo had the Pennsylvania Lottery winning jackpot ticket that matched all five white balls, 03-16-20-42-58, and the red Powerball number, 07, to win the Feb. 28 jackpot, which grew over 12 drawings to an annuity value of $174.4 million. Each of the two top-prize winning tickets sold was worth an annuity amount of $87.2 million or $46,629,112.16 cash, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Nicolo elected to take the $46,629,112.16 cash value of the jackpot.

Nicolo said she plays the Pennsylvania Lottery regularly and will continue to play, since she believes “the Lottery is doing a good thing supporting senior programs and services.”

Nicolo purchased the winning ticket at the Plymouth Meeting Mall Customer Service Center, 500 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County. The mall will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Nicolo presented the winning ticket for validation Wednesday afternoon at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. After examining the ticket and executing proprietary security measures, Lottery officials confirmed that it was a jackpot-winning ticket.

Nicolo is the 13th Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball jackpot winner since the state joined the multi-jurisdictional game in June 2002.

Powerball tickets are sold in 32 participating jurisdictions – 30 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

How to play Powerball: To play Powerball, players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 39 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball features an option called PowerPlay. For an extra $1 per Powerball play (game), players can multiply their Powerball prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times the original prize amount for all prizes EXCEPT the jackpot. Prizes can multiply up to $1 million.

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 37 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $18.3 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term care services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including more than 600 full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit


EDITOR’S NOTE: Palmira Nicolo declined participating in a check presentation or public event recognizing her win and asked the Lottery to decline media interviews on her behalf.