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Man Wins $1,000 a Week for Life From Pennsylvania Lottery

2 January 2003

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania --(Press Release)-- Scott Sperotto, 40, of Manor, starts this new year - and every new year for the rest of his life -- off right with a check from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Fifty-two is a lucky number for Scott, not only because he receives $1,000 for every one of the 52 weeks in a year, but also because Scott is the 52nd winner of the Pennsylvania Lottery's popular Win ($1,000 A Week) For Life game. Top Win For Life prizes are paid in annual installments of $52,000 less federal withholding.

Scott will receive his first winnings check from the Pennsylvania Lottery during a formal presentation at 11 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2002, at the L&B Quik Mart located at 701 Harrison Street in Manor, where he purchased his winning ticket.

Presenting the check to Scott will be Pennsylvania Lottery's Director of Public Relations, Sally Danyluk, Pittsburgh Area Lottery Manager Terri Hopkins, and District Lottery Representative Bob Glasser. Robert Holderbaum, owner of the Quick Mart, and his daughter and manager of the store, Denise Holderbaum, will host the event.

Scott remembers stopping at the community store the morning of November 25th morning for coffee and juice. He says the total came to just under $3, so he decided to buy the $2 Win For Life game to round out his $5 bill. The Allegheny Paper Shredders machinist put the ticket in his pocket and headed to the shooting range for a little practice.

Scott said he scratched the ticket at the shooting range, and as soon as he realized he had won $1,000 a week for life he frantically began scrambling to gather his things. He shared the good news with some others at the shooting range who were shocked that "they had been shooting with a winner all this time."

Scott returned to the L&B Quik Mart to talk to Sharon Lavelle, the clerk who had sold him his coffee, juice, and winning ticket. When Sharon and the rest of the store staff realized they had sold a winning ticket, "the store just went wild," said Scott. The winner has known the store staff for years, and he's excited to celebrate his win with the L&B Quick Mart.

Scott won the top Win For Life prize in Game 1 - the first game at the top of the ticket. He says he plans to use the first installment of his winnings to replace an old car. After that, he says he'll invest the money so that he can retire early on a small farm.

Win For Life is a $2 instant game with nine chances to win on each ticket and a top prize of $1,000 a week for life ($1 million is guaranteed). Each Win For Life ticket features three separate games plus a Fast Cash BONUS box. In Game 1, get three like symbols and win that prize.

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