spacer March 24, 2003

WINNING TICKET SOLD FOR THE MARCH 21 $5,005,000 LOTTO JACKPOT

Dover, DE -- One lucky winner, who has not yet claimed his or her prize, has won the $5,005,000 record-level jackpot for the March 21, 2003, LOTTO drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at Valentina Liquors in Newark. The winner will receive $3,603,600 after taxes.

Delaware Lottery Director Wayne Lemons said, "Because we live in a small state, it's very exciting when a Delaware player has the opportunity to win a prize of this magnitude. However, I advise the winner to seek legal and tax advice before claiming his or her prize. There is no need to rush to the Lottery Office, since players have a year from the ticket purchase date to claim their prizes."

The March 21, 2003, LOTTO jackpot prize is the largest jackpot awarded in the game since its start in 1983. The largest cash jackpot prior to this jackpot, worth $2.275 million, was won in January 2000. The previous LOTTO jackpot record—for an annuity with the prize money paid in yearly installments—was set by a $3 million annuity jackpot won in February 1992.

The LOTTO jackpot for tonight’s drawing is worth $250,000. Tickets for LOTTO cost $1 and are available at all Delaware Lottery Retailers.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than 1.4 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games. More information is available at delottery.com.

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