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Ohio man wins $5M on 2006 instant lottery ticket

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June 14, 2011 07:38 PM EST | AP


LOGAN, Ohio — An Ohio man has won a $5 million lottery prize from an instant ticket he purchased for $20 at a Speedway gas station in 2006.

The Logan Daily News reports that 54-year-old Phillip Withem of Logan initially won $2,500 from the ticket, which then qualified for the state's "Top Prize Drawing" feature. His win was announced Tuesday at a lottery office in Athens in southeast Ohio. The Lottery Commission said Withem receives disability assistance and has some health issues.

Withem said he had no immediate plans for his winnings but plans to share some of his fortune with friends.

Winning Ohio instant lottery tickets on games that sell for $5 or more are entered into a drawing held when the game ends. Withem's ticket was among 86 entered in May.

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Information from: Logan Daily News, http://www.logandaily.com