MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (CBS)—The Pennsylvania Lottery says someone dropped a winning $1,000 lottery ticket into a Salvation Army red kettle last week.
The prize-winning ticket for the Fantastic 10s instant game was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle at a Walmart in Erie on December 6, 2016.READ MORE: ACLU Announces Philadelphia Police Pilot Program As Alternate To Stop And Frisk
“The Christmas season often brings out the best in people,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “It’s heartwarming to hear stories such as this one, and I applaud this anonymous winner for turning their good fortune into an act of charity that will benefit the community.”READ MORE: Police Arrest Kareen Welton For Several Hit-And-Runs In Philadelphia, Including Crash That Killed Woman In Center City
Salvation Army officials say they rarely see winning tickets this big in their kettles.
“We’ve received donations of winning instant tickets in the past, but they’re usually in an amount of $10 or $20 – never something of this size,” said Major Leslie Walter, officer of the Salvation Army in Erie. “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help us to serve people and families in need.”MORE NEWS: President Joe Biden Touts Made In America Plan During Trip To Mack Truck Facility In Lehigh Valley
The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army serves thousands of needy families through a variety of support services.