$21m Winners Know Who They Are

Posted: April 16, 1987

Lottery fever burned through one Center City office where 90 workers chipped in $5 each to buy 450 number combinations and a chance to share a $21 million jackpot in the Pennsylvania Lottery's Super 7 game.

That betting frenzy extended throughout Center City, the Philadelphia area and the state as a record 16.5 million $1 tickets were sold for last night's drawing.

Because of the volume of tickets sold, the number and identities of winners were not to be announced until sometime today, lottery officials said last night.

The winning numbers drawn were 01, 08, 17, 32, 33, 44, 47, 49, 63, 73 and 78.

The amount spent on the drawing eclipsed the state lottery's old record of slightly more than $12 million set in the Sept. 2, 1983, Lotto game, said acting lottery director George Andersen.

In Center City, people stood in long lines at stores to buy tickets up until the 7 p.m. drawing.

At 20th and Locust streets in the Rittenhouse Square area, a doctor, a law student and a computer professional stood in line and dreamed of sudden wealth.

"I'd use half the money to pay off my student loans," laughed Gloria Browne, a law student at the University of Pennsylvania. "The other half, I'd use to go around the world."

Others in line with Browne at the Crillon Food Shop said they would use their winnings to help needy relatives, leave town and pay off creditors.

One man, a computer professional who gave only his first name, Jim, said he would give his first million to AIDS research. "I'd use the rest to buy Australia and live off the Great Barrier Reef," he said.

Lottery officials said sales on all games yesterday totaled about $10.25 million, $8.3 million of it for Super 7 tickets.

The lottery has not sold more than $10 million in a single day since computer record-keeping began in 1977, Andersen said.

The odds of correctly picking seven of the 11 numbers drawn in the Super 7 game are one in 9.6 million, lottery officials said. Those odds are the second longest of any lottery in the country, better only than California's.

Despite those odds, that Center City office pool that bought 450 tickets did manage to win $14 on two tickets with four correct numbers.

For the 90 reporters, editors, photographers and other staffers at the Daily News who created that pool, that breaks down to 15.6 cents apiece.

The biggest jackpot in Pennsylvania lottery history was more than $18 million - not hard to take even though it was split three ways.

Southwest Philadelphia housewife Barbara Kinsella, Montgomery County mother of four Sandra Mahoney of Harleysville and a retired bricklayer from Pittsburgh, Leonard Wall, each collected $6.05 million from the September 1983 Lotto drawing.

The second largest prize - $12 million - was divided among 11 construction workers from the Allentown area who pooled $5 each to buy 55 tickets for a fledgling drawing of the state's new Super 7 game in October 1986.

Fifteen people, three of them from the Philadelphia area, shared a $10.3 million Lotto jackpot in April 1984. The local residents were Christine Urbanski of Bensalem, Bucks County, Joseph McGarvey of Secane, Delaware County, and Lewis Williams of Malvern, Chester County.

Only a few months later, in June, 1984, John Borowy of Bechtelsville, Berks County, a furnace operator, won $10.2 million for him and his family in the Lotto game.

An $8.8 million prize was collected by Nick Jorich, a retired steelworker

from suburban Harrisburg, and his wive, Marvein, a former waitress, in July 1983.

Raymond J. Lenox, a former welfare recipient from Logan, got half of another $8.8 million in September, 1983, but later got into trouble for allegedly passing worthless checks, and was fined and placed on probation. The other half was won by an Armstrong County woman.

The biggest loser in state lottery history was the holder of a $5.6 million winning Lotto ticket drawn in early April 1984. The ticket holder never claimed his prize and after one year time ran out and the ticket became worthless.

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