Pennsylvania Lottery Player Wins Drawing for Chance to Win $1 Million on New Year’s Eve

Pennsylvania Lottery New Year’s

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Lottery and officials with Powerball® announced that an Allegheny County woman will have a chance to win $1 million in a special drawing on the upcoming broadcast of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Tracy Gretz is one of 29 top finalists from lottery players across the nation who will have a chance to win this big prize this upcoming New Year’s Eve after the ball drops in Times Square. Gretz won a Pennsylvania Lottery Second-Chance Drawing that awarded her a VIP trip to New York City and a spot in the drawing for $1 million.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it! This opportunity is out of this world!” said Gretz. “I was in New York years ago, but I’ve never been there for New Year’s Eve.”

“I told my sons about this and they said to me, ‘Mom, you are going to win the $1 million.’ Hopefully I win the $1 million!” added Gretz.

There are 29 U.S. lotteries participating in the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year” promotion. In Pennsylvania, eight semi-finalists from the PA Lottery Second-Chance Drawing and two semi-finalists from a separate Pennsylvania Lottery Online Prize Drawing were selected to win the VIP trip to New York City. Out of those Pennsylvania semi-finalists, Gretz’s name was ultimately drawn as the Pennsylvania player who will have a shot to win $1 million. The other 28 participating lotteries will also have one player each entered into the drawing.

“We’d like to congratulate Tracy on winning a chance to become a millionaire from Powerball, and we encourage Pennsylvanians to watch her on TV and cheer her on,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “It’s thanks to players like Tracy that our Lottery has been able to generate close to $34 billion to help older Pennsylvanians over the last 50 years. Our seniors count on those dollars to help them with life-sustaining programs that provide free meals, property tax and rent rebates, and free or reduced fare transportation, among other support.”

This is the fourth year the Pennsylvania Lottery has offered this exciting opportunity to its players. Last year, Chester County player Brian Mineweaser won $1 million after the ball dropped.

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