Community reacts to winning lottery ticket sold in West Pittston

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WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — We all probably have those “get rich quick” dreams once in a while, but that dream actually came true for someone who stopped at a local gas station convenience store.

That someone purchased a Match 6 Lotto ticket this week worth $5.4M in West Pittston. The ticket sold at K & S Convenience Store matched all of the numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.

The odds of having all six numbers in Pennsylvania’s Match 6 lotto game are one in nearly 4.7 million. But someone defied the odds here to claim a nearly $5.5 million dollar jackpot prize.

The lottery machine at K & S Convenience Store has never spit out numbers onto a ticket like one that was purchased for Tuesday night’s Match 6 Lotto. It had all six numbers to claim the $5.4 million jackpot prize.

“I’m so happy, you know, someone won in my store, you know. And this is a great community. I love the people around here but I’m so happy. I have no words to say,” store owner Baljeet Singh said.

He also wasn’t saying who the winner might be, but you can rule out self-professed lottery player Bill Lesho who still dreams big.

“It would change my life. I would be able to spend money that I never had. It’s like finding money,” Lesho said.

The kind of money that would change Dante Bovani’s life, too.

“Oh my God, change everything. You’ll be going living down from nothing and guess what. You win the lottery now. You’re rich,” Bovani said.

His father with the same name owns the building which is rented by the convenience store businessman. You can rule out the Bovani family as the Match 6 Lotto jackpot winner.

“I’ve never played that game. I’ve never played it to be honest with you. Probably. I’ll probably play a few times.” Bovani, Jr. said.

He’s not alone as word spread that someone hit it big here.

“I think it is absolutely wonderful. I hope it’s somebody from this area and I may start playing that now,” Elizabeth Mattei said.

Winning that kind of loot, she says, would open up a world of possibilities.

“My children and my family would be set for life and I would also donate to St. Jude’s Hospital,” Mattei said.

While the identity of the winner is uncertain, one thing is certain: someone sure got rich in a hurry.

“$5.4 million. What a shock, what a shock,” Singh said.

Singh gets a taste of the action, too. He earns a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Meanwhile, the Match 6 Lotto jackpot winner cannot remain anonymous under Pennsylvania Lottery rules and has one year to claim the prize.

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