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June 7, 2007

$6.9M lottery winner steps forward

EBENSBURG — After 76 days and a lot of suspense, a winner has stepped forward to claim the record-breaking $6.9 million lottery prize for the Match 6 ticket sold at Giant Eagle supermarket in Ebensburg.

But there are few drum rolls to accompany the announcement, because the winner does not want publicity, so the state can only release a name: Jane Rowland of Hollidaysburg.

The winning Match 6 lotto ticket, which was sold March 23, was validated Thursday. It was the largest Match 6 lottery jackpot ever.

It will take four to six weeks for the check to be issued.

“I wish I could tell you more about the winner, but she wants no publicity or news release. We spoke with her and she expressly declined any ceremony or check presentation,” said Stephanie Weyant, press secretary at the state Department of Revenue.

One thing is certain – the winner is not Jane Rowland of Patton.

When contacted by The Tribune-Democrat, she said that, if she had won $6.9 million, it would be “the best news I’ve heard in a lifetime.

“No, it’s not me. But I’m glad it’s somebody who won it and that it didn’t end up being thrown away,” she said.

Giant Eagle will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Workers there said the winner’s name did not sound familiar, but they said they are glad Rowland is from the region.

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