EXETER — Someone who stopped in at Cold Case Beverage for a case of cold ones last week likely will pick up some cold cash very soon.
A customer of the Wyoming Avenue beer distributor bought a Cash 5 ticket there for Friday night’s drawing that more than paid for the beer, tens of thousands of times over.
After all, $655,802 can buy enough beer to satisfy several stadiums full of sports fans. The winning ticket holder, who had not come forward as of Monday, is due that amount, less 25 percent federal withholding, because the ticket correctly matched all five balls, 03-12-25-28-42.
Cold Case Beverage, 1712 Wyoming Ave., will receive a $5,000 selling bonus, according to Lottery officials..
The winning ticket was among 72,955 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for the April 4 drawing.
Cold Case Beverage owner Marty Cirelli said Monday he didn’t know for sure who the winner was, but added, “I have an idea.”
He said a Lottery representative called him Monday morning to confirm the business name and address.
If the winner shows up there to claim the winnings, Cirelli said he will send him to the Lottery’s office in Wilkes-Barre. Or the winner just might go directly to the office, located at 49 S. Washington St., which serves Lottery retailers in Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
“They’ll probably go down today, unless they want to contact their attorney or their accountant first,” Cirelli said with a grin.
An employee who answered the phone at the Wilkes-Barre Lottery office could not say if a winner had come forward and referred a reporter to the main Lottery office in Middletown.
Lottery spokeswoman Lauren Bottaro said no winner had come forward. She said the person who bought the winning ticket should go to the local office, where an employee will help the claimant fill out the forms, which are then sent to the state Lottery office for verification.
The tickets are validated as soon as the state office receives them.
While the Lottery does not send out news releases with winners names, the winners cannot remain anonymous, Bottaro said.
“By law, their name has to be released, along with the town and county where they live and where they bought the ticket,” the spokeswoman said.
She added that all winners are offered a chance to share their stories on the Lottery’s website and Facebook page. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.
Friday’s Cash 5 prize is the biggest Lottery win from a ticket bought at Cold Case Beverage since December 2012, when Cirelli and his wife, Kathy, bought what was Parini Beverage. Cirelli said the business sold a ticket that won $10,000 last year.
Parini also sold Lottery tickets, Cirelli said.