Pa., Del. tickets split $174 million Powerball jackpot

Two Powerball tickets - one bought in Pennsylvania, another in Delaware - struck it rich on Saturday night.

The jackpot was worth $174.4 million, if taken in yearly payouts, or $93 million cash.

The Pennsylvania ticket, purchased at the customer service counter at Plymouth Meeting Mall, was the state's fourth Powerball winner in just seven months.

"We're extremely excited about this," said mall spokeswoman Melonie Messina. "... This is a phenomenal thing just to happen in the area."

Another reason to be thrilled: The mall will get $100,000 for selling the winner.

Which employee sold the ticket and when had yet to be determined as of midafternoon.

Ditto for the source of Delaware's winning ticket - its first since 2004.

Each winner's pretax windfall would be $87.2 million if paid out over 29 years, or about $46.6 million as a lump sum.

That's the luckiest strike in Philadelphia or its surrounding counties since 2004, when a Bucks County ticket paid off $110 million cash for Steve and Kristine White of Skillman, N.J., north of Princeton.

The payoff means that Mega Millions' $212 million jackpot - up for grabs tomorrow night - is by far the biggest prize around. Mega Millions is played in New Jersey, Maryland and 10 other states.

Powerball's annuity jackpot will start over again, at $20 million, or $10.7 million cash, for Wednesday's drawing.

Saturday's Powerball numbers were 3, 16, 20, 42 and 58, with a Powerball of 7. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

No one won the $1 million that comes with having all the numbers but the Powerball, plus Power Play.

Pennsylvania's share of Saturday's top prize is larger than the three others awarded to Keystoners since August.

Myrna and Thomas Shearer of York, Pa., elected to take the $30.2 million cash after hitting Oct. 29.

Twenty-two Philadelphia postal workers split the $10.3 million in cash they won Oct. 3.

The Barrie Edwards family of Willow Street, Lancaster County, cashed in to the tune of $42.5 million in the Aug. 2 drawing.

Saturday's win is the biggest in Pennsylvania since Florence Ayers of Butler County bought a ticket worth $93 million cash on Dec. 8, 2004.

The last time Delaware won the top prize in Powerball the jackpot was gigantic - $116.9 million cash.

Thirty-three coworkers from Seaford split that prize, which was hit Oct. 9, 2004.

Friday's Mega Millions numbers - the ones no one completely matched - 24, 37, 44, 50 and 56, with a Mega Ball of 35.

Eighteen tickets, including two each in New Jersey and Maryland, won $250,000 each for having all the numbers but the Mega Ball.

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Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.