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YORK, Pa. -- Rutter's Farm Stores, which one year ago sold a Powerball ticket worth $110 million, plans to share its good fortune with customers should history repeat on Jan. 1. If any of its convenience stores in central Pennsylvania sells a winning Powerball ticket in the New Year's Day drawing, Rutter's will give its commission -- worth up to $100,000 -- to one lucky customer.
Between Dec. 15 and 31, customers can enter the contest with any non-winning lottery ticket -- Powerball, Daily Number, Big 4, Cash 5, Match 6 Lotto, Lucky for Life Lotto and instant games -- purchased between those dates. Each participant must write his or her name, address and phone number on the back of each ticket. Tickets can be tossed into a ballot box at any Rutter's store.
On Jan. 4, Rutter's will pull three tickets from the ballot box at each store. The names on those tickets will receive prizes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Lottery. The payoff: 150 free instant (scratch-off) tickets for the first name; 100 for the second name; and 50 for the third name.
This will occur regardless of whether Rutter's sells a winning Powerball ticket. Now, should lightning strike twice and Rutter's sells a winning ticket, the first name drawn at each store would be entered to win Rutter's commission. Placed in a hopper, the names would be drawn one by one. The last name drawn would win the commission.
In addition, Rutter's would raise a toast to all customers with another Powerball win. Rutter's would provide free coffee and fountain drinks at all locations on a date to be determined.
Scott Hartman, president of Rutter's Farm Stores, said the fact that Rutter's has already sold one winning ticket makes him think that the odds of a repeat, while long, are possible. “And the Red Sox won the World Series this year," he said. “I think anything could happen at this point."