Mount Washington flower shop owner looking for winner of $1 million ticket

Mount Washington flower shop owner looking for winner of $1 million lottery

Someone who shops on Mount Washington is holding a ticket for a million dollars.

The winning ticket for the Jan. 4 drawing of the Millionaire Raffle was purchased at Eiseltown Flowers & Gifts on Mount Washington, a Pennsylvania State Lottery spokeswoman confirmed.

Darlene Lutheran, shop owner, is anxiously waiting for the winner to come forward. In the meantime, she and her employees are trying to guess who it could be.

"We're trying to narrow it down," Ms. Lutheran said. "I hope it goes to someone who really needs the money."

Ms. Lutheran said the store sold more than 100 tickets and estimates more than 90 percent of them were purchased by regular customers from Mount Washington.

"I really hope it's one of our regulars," Ms. Lutheran said. "We have the greatest customers ever. They're good, hard-working people."

The mystery winner holds one of four tickets worth $1 million each. Four winning tickets for $100,000 prizes also were drawn Jan. 4, along with 100 tickets worth $1,000 and 5,892 tickets worth $100. The odds of winning a $1 million prize are 1 in 125,000, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery website.

The store on Shiloh Street qualified for a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The store's payout is not contingent on a winner coming forward, but stores often receive the money after the winner claims the prize, lottery officials said. If no one claims the prize, the store's check might be delayed.

Ms. Lutheran said the store has not received its share of the prize yet, but she is more anxious to find out the identity of the winner.

"I'm grabbing everyone who comes in here," she said. "You wouldn't believe how many people haven't even checked their tickets. People are running home to see if they won."

She hasn't decided what she will do with her winnings but said she will probably re-invest the money in the store.

"Honestly, I haven't even thought about it," she said. "I'm more excited to find out who won. I'm ecstatic."

The light-up board on the store's lottery machines is flashing that a winning ticket was sold there, and Ms. Lutheran said customers have been talking about it. It also has become a topic of conversation for her drivers as they make deliveries.

State lottery winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize but many around Shiloh Street hope they won't have to wait that long to find out who holds the golden ticket.

Lauren Lindstrom: or 412-263-1964.

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