Upper Darby Powerball winner claims $77.4 million cash prize

Posted: August 01, 2013

IT APPEARS that Patricia Chandler hit the lottery and hightailed it out of Upper Darby.

No one answered the door at Chandler's home on Wingate Road near Shirley last night - or a few weeks ago - when a Daily News reporter came knocking in search of the new millionaire.

Lottery officials said yesterday that Chandler finally came forward to claim the June 22 $131.5 million annuity Powerball jackpot. Chandler opted for the $77.4 million cash lump sum.

"She's probably already out of the neighborhood. My assumption is she's gone," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said yesterday, adding that police haven't heard a word from the woman since she bought the winning ticket at the end of June.

"Maybe she'll buy the block and refurbish it," Chitwood said.

Chandler purchased the ticket at Federal Beer, at 15th and Federal streets in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood. Gary Patel, the clerk who sold the winning ticket, was awarded a $100,000 prize for selling it.

The odds of winning the jackpot she claimed were 1 in 175,223,510.

Near the Upper Darby address listed in property records for Chandler yesterday, her neighbors slammed their doors when a reporter approached to talk.

A lone insurance salesman from Havertown who did not identify himself loitered in front of Chandler's house, hoping to sell her some insurance for the newfound fortune.

"I've never met a millionaire before," the man said before shrugging in front of Chandler's home, a stone rowhouse with yellowed newspaper covering its front window.

Chitwood, who's seen his share of unusual stories in the township, said the fact that the Powerball winner lives - or lived - in Upper Darby once again proves, "All roads lead to Upper Darby."

- Staff writer William Bender contributed to this report.

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