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2/12/2018
Some optimism displayed at vigil for Phylicia Thomas
boboyle@timesleader.com

It's been 14 years since Phylicia Thomas went missing -14 years that her mother, family and friends have grieved as they wait for a resolution of the case.
On Sunday night at Patriot Square in Nanticoke, a slight breeze of optimism blew through the crowd of about 50 people gathered to sing Phylicia's favorite song and light a candle in her memory.
Pauline Bailey, Phylicia's mother, and family friend and advocate Judy Fisher announced to the crowd that they have been contacted by Pennsylvania State Police and told there will be a meeting soon to review the case, opening a door that appeared to be closed for a long time.
Bailey believes her daughter, then 22, was killed Feb. 11, 2004, while attending a party inside a house trailer and dismembered in a barn on Timber Lane in Hunlock Township. That belief is based on what Bailey and her friends were told by some people who attended the party. There have been no arrests in the case.
"We received a call from the state police informing us that they will meet with us soon to discuss the case," Fisher said. "All we want is to work as a team so we can bring Phylicia home and solve this case."
"Let's hope this is the last year for us to have this vigil," Bailey said as she opened the ceremony. "In recent weeks, some people have called us, some to just talk and console us, some to share information. All we ask is that anybody with any information about what happened to Phylicia come forward and tell us. We won't reveal your name. We just want you to tell us what you know."
A sign on a table nearby read, "Phylicia Thomas - her life mattered." The attendees sang Phylicia's favorite song - "Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd's 1975 hit. The crowd also joined in saying "The Lord's Prayer."
Pauline Bailey has six other children: Todd, Jesse, Jared, Wyatt, Jocelyn and Wade. Most of them attended the vigil with their children. Jocelyn's oldest daughter is named in memory of Phylicia.
"Just the thought that those responsible for Phylicia's death are still out there is unbelievable," Jocelyn said. "They could do the same thing to somebody else's child."
Jocelyn said the last 14 years have been difficult on her family, especially her mother.
"It's been beyond frustrating," she said. "But it's important that we come to remember Phylicia and keep her name alive."
Bailey said she is determined to bring her daughter home.
"Nobody will stop us," she said. "We know what happened. We will find her. We won't stop until we do."
Fisher said the main goal has always been to bring Phylicia home to allow her family to bury her so she can rest in peace.
"This is about telling the truth," Fisher said. "And it's about bringing closure to the family."
Bailey and Fisher believe Thomas' remains may have been buried in a vegetable garden or burned and disposed of somewhere on a 25-acre site where the trailer once stood along Golf Course Road and Timber Lane in Hunlock Township.
The site was sold in December 2015, a house trailer was razed and debris removed. Following the sale, the new property owners allowed Bailey to search the area. In 2016, separate searches were conducted on the property using animals from Malvern-based Search and Rescue Dogs of Pennsylvania: one on behalf of Bailey, a second for state police.
During the first search, cadaver dogs gave indications at certain areas of the property, suggesting they may have detected decomposing human remains. State police took one of the same dogs back to the site two weeks later and no hits were recorded. The dog's handler said he couldn't explain why no hits were recorded on the second search.
Bailey expressed disappointment that the 14-year investigation has not been successful in finding Phylicia, nor those responsible for her disappearance and presumed murder.
"We want to see the people responsible brought to justice," Fisher said. "We believe some of the people involved are still out there."
As Bailey was walking to the center of Patriot Square, she was struggling with the fact that 14 years have passed with no resolution to the case.
"I woke up this morning sick to my stomach," she said. "This is like going to a funeral every year."

2/12/2018
Hope rules at vigil for missing woman
Eric Mark - Citizens Voice

Hope was the theme of Sunday night's vigil for Phylicia Thomas, who has been missing for 14 years.
"We are bringing my daughter home and no one is going to stop us," Pauline Bailey told dozens of people gathered in Nanticoke's Patriot Square Park.
Bailey said that Sunday's vigil - the 14th consecutive gathering on the anniversary of Thomas's disappearance on Feb. 11, 2004 - will be the last before her daughter's case is solved.
"We know what happened," Bailey said. "We're not going to stop. ... We just want to bring her home."
Thomas, of Lake Twp., was 22 when she disappeared. Her family and friends have searched to find out what happened to her ever since.
They gather each year to honor Thomas, who was remembered Sunday as a young woman with a big heart who would do anything to help anyone in need.
Some stood in snow and slush, held lighted candles and sang Thomas's favorite song, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."
Bailey and Judy Fisher, a family friend and community activist, said they will soon have closure - and the answer to what happened to Thomas.
Bailey said that over the past year she has spoken with people who said they saw Thomas at a house party in Hunlock Twp. the night she disappeared. Thomas was sexually assaulted at that party, then killed and her remains were disposed of nearby, according to the witnesses, Bailey and Fisher said.
The only person ever named as a person of interest in the case was Steve Martin, an acquaintance of Thomas's. Martin committed suicide in state prison in 2005, while serving a sentence for causing a fatal automobile accident in Wilkes-Barre.
Bailey criticized the police investigation into her daughter's disappearance, but said new investigators have been assigned to the case.
Fisher said Thomas's family and friends would like to hear from anyone who attended the party at which she was allegedly assaulted and later killed. Witnesses may remain anonymous and need not fear for their safety, she said.
As more people come forward, the answer to what happened to Thomas becomes clear, according to Bailey.
"We have hope again," she said. "We have a pretty good idea where she is. We had people tell us things."
Anyone with information about Thomas or her disappearance may call Fisher at 570-328-4957 or send an email to: findphylicia@gmail.com.

1/24/2018
County approves tax break for commercial project
emark@citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County Council on Tuesday approved a 10-year tax abatement for a proposed commercial project that the developer says could create thousands of jobs.
Council voted 7-3 to approve the tax abatement for NorthPoint Development, the Missouri-based firm that plans to build three large commercial structures on a 330-acre tract off state Route 29 in Hanover Twp. and Nanticoke.
Council voted to exempt new buildings on the site from property tax liability for 10 years. The exemption will be 100 percent for the first seven years, decreasing to 90 percent in year eight, 80 percent in year nine and 70 percent in year 10.
Hanover Twp., Nanticoke, Hanover Area School District and Greater Nanticoke Area School District have approved the tax abatement, through a program known as Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance, that allows local taxing authorities to exempt improvements to business properties located in "deteriorated" areas.
A council majority on Tuesday cited the benefits the project could bring to the county, especially the creation of 2,000 or more jobs, once the buildings are leased and fully operational.
"I can't see us turning it down," Councilwoman Sheila Saidman said.
The vote was not unanimous, though.
Councilmen Edward Brominski, Harry Haas and Stephen A. Urban voted against the tax abatement. Councilman Matthew Vough was absent.
Haas said he hoped to see the county obtain better terms on the tax deferral deal, such as limiting the 100 percent tax exemption to a shorter time frame.
County Manager David Pedri said he had discussions with NorthPoint Development officials and expects the firm to be a good corporate citizen, but that no other terms were presented for the tax abatement request.
Haas questioned whether the site is really "deteriorated," as required to qualify for the tax abatement program.
Brent Miles, NorthPoint Development's vice president of economic development, described the site as rugged and "very topographically challenged," with steep slopes that will require grading. He said he once rode in a vehicle that got stuck while driving around the site.
NorthPoint Development has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the tract from the nonprofit Earth Conservancy.
Council members encouraged Miles to hire local contractors and laborers to help construct the project, which NorthPoint Development estimates will cost $100 million.
Warren Faust, president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, raised the issue of local hiring during public comment.
"There are plenty of qualified contractors in this county who can work on this project," Faust said. "They are ready, willing and able to build this."
Faust criticized NorthPoint Development for using too many contractors from out of the county when the company built the 800,000-square-foot Chewy.com fulfillment center in Hanover Industrial Estates.
Miles said the company was under a very tight deadline for construction, so it hired firms with which it had previously contracted on other projects, to make sure the Chewy.com warehouse was finished on schedule.
He promised to work with Faust and county officials to make sure Luzerne County contractors are included on the project. Plans that NorthPoint submitted to the county include a proposed 1.3-million-square-foot commercial structure and two other large buildings.
Also on Tuesday, council approved a $25,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed against the county by Francis Lombardo, a former inmate at Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Lombardo alleged in the suit that officials of the jail abused him and violated his rights.

1/24/2018
Portion of South Valley Parkway opens
Citizens Voice

Part of the South Valley Parkway in Hanover Twp. opened to drivers Monday morning. The section of the $83 million road construction project that opened occupies a stretch of land northwest of the South Cross Valley Expressway/state Route 29. It runs from a connection off of South Main Street near Exit 2 of the expressway to a newly constructed roundabout west of there. Two ramps near that roundabout connect to the South Cross Valley Expressway between exits 2 and 3. Further west of that roundabout, one lane of traffic will be open on a bridge over the expressway and Dundee Road, leading to another roundabout. The planned roadway continues to Middle Road and Kosciuszko Street in Nanticoke, but that section remains under construction. It is scheduled to open sometime in 2019.

1/21/2018
Former school transformed into training center for electrical apprentices
Denise Allabaugh - Citizens Voice

Since he was young, Wilkes-Barre resident Mark Gatusky wanted to be an electrician.
Both his grandfathers, his father and uncles were electricians and part of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 163.
Gatusky, 37, said his family wanted him to try going to college first, however.
He went to the University of Scranton, earned a master’s degree in history and subsequently worked in the health insurance business for years. He often traveled, didn’t see his family enough and he said the return on his investment “just wasn’t there.”
Then, he decided to follow his dream to become an electrician.
Gatusky is in his final year of a five-year electrical apprenticeship where he gets on-the-job paid training as well as education at a training center that opened last year at 41 W. Church St., Nanticoke.
He has done electrical work for projects ranging from a water park to natural gas power plants to the PPL Center, an arena in Allentown.
Pointing out that he earns a higher salary with better benefits as an electrician, Gatusky said, “I found myself much happier doing this and working with my hands.”
“It’s a creative way to make a living. No day is the same,” he said. “You could use your mind, be creative and have a living that you could have pride in, not only from a paycheck perspective, but you could look at a building and say, ‘You know what? I did that.’ ”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 163 and Penn-Del-Jersey chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association turned the former St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Nanticoke into a training center for electricians.
Gatusky is one of 57 apprentices in the program.
Training director John T. Nadolny said there is no cost for a five-year electrical apprenticeship.
Prior to opening the new training center, they rented space from Luzerne County Community College, he said.
Apprentices in the program receive technical training on Monday and Wednesday nights for three hours and occasionally Saturdays from September to April as well on-the-job paid training with contractors.
Their starting pay is about $12 an hour plus benefits for the first 1,000 hours. Electricians have the potential to earn more than $34 an hour plus benefits for an entire family, he said.
“You earn while you learn and at the end, you get college credits,” Nadolny said. “You can go for an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree and get up to 60 credits for this five-year program.”
Over the five years of the program, Nadolny said apprentices receive 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
“This isn’t a job. It’s a career,” he said. “It’s not for everybody. It’s hard work. It’s very dangerous work. We teach them how to be safe.”
Electricians do outside work and inside work ranging from wiring homes, schools, hospitals, arenas and commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities to lighting protection.
The future for electricians is wired for growth.
Nadolny said there is a big demand for electricians. Good candidates have mechanical knowledge and are dependable, he said.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent over the next eight years. As homes and businesses require more wiring, more electricians will be needed.
Becoming an electrician is a good high-paying alternative for interested applicants who don’t want to take on the high debt of college, Nadolny said.
“Unfortunately, many of people who go to college end up with a quarter of a million dollars of debt when they’re done and they work at McDonald’s,” he said. “College isn’t for everybody. Maybe some would do better in the trades.”
Mountain Top resident Jillian Henderson, 31, is in her first year of the electrical apprenticeship.
While being an electrician is not a traditional career for women, Henderson said she loves to work with her hands.
“You get to use your hands and your brains. It’s the best of both worlds,” Henderson said. “My father is a contractor so it runs in the family.”
Wilkes-Barre resident Ernesto Tapia, 27, who also is in his first year of the apprenticeship, said he also loves working with his hands and doing something different every day.
“I can’t stay in one spot,” Tapia said. “I can’t sit inside. I’ve got to do different things, work inside and outside.”
People can apply for the apprenticeship on the first Monday of each month between 1 and 6 p.m. at 41 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Applicants must be 18, be a high school graduate or have a GED and receive a satisfactory score on a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee test and resident in the Local 163 jurisdiction, which is mostly Luzerne County. For more information, call 570-258-2665
IBEW Local 81 has a training center with the same program in South Abington Twp. for Lackawanna County residents. For more information, call 570-319-1721.

1/20/2018
Section of South Valley Parkway will open Monday
Bill Wellock - Citizens Voice

A section of an $83 million road construction project will be ready for drivers soon.
Part of the South Valley Parkway in Hanover Twp. will open at 11 a.m. Monday.
The section to open occupies a stretch of land northwest of the South Cross Valley Expressway/state Route 29.
It runs from a connection off of South Main Street near Exit 2 of the expressway to a newly constructed roundabout west of there. Two ramps near that roundabout connect to the South Cross Valley Expressway between exits 2 and 3.
Further west of that roundabout, one lane of traffic will be open on a bridge over the expressway and Dundee Road, leading to another roundabout.
The planned roadway continues to Middle Road and Kosciuszko Street in Nanticoke, but that section remains under construction. It is scheduled to open sometime in 2019, spokesman Mike Taluto said.
The new parkway opens up land to potential development. Missouri-based NorthPoint Development is considering building there.
The company has already built a warehouse for Chewy.com, an online pet supply retailer, on another nearby section of land in Hanover Twp. Two other NorthPoint buildings near the Chewy.com warehouse will be homes for Adidas and Patagonia facilities.
Now, NorthPoint is considering constructing three new buildings on Earth Conservancy land next to the South Valley Parkway. Once occupied, the site could be home to 1,300 to 2,000 jobs.
The company is looking for tax breaks on the development. NorthPoint has already secured tax deals with Hanover Twp., Nanticoke, and those municipalities’ respective school districts. Luzerne County Council will vote on whether to extend that tax break to county taxes at a meeting Tuesday.
Development was part of the vision for the road construction project when it was conceived, along with alleviating traffic on Main Street through the Askam section of Hanover Twp.
The road and its roundabouts in the township will connect the highway to about 2,000 acres of land for potential industrial development.

1/20/2018
County council set to vote on tax break request for project
Eric Mark - Citizens Voice

County council could vote next week whether or not to grant a 10-year tax abatement for a proposed commercial development in Hanover Twp. and Nanticoke.
NorthPoint Development, a Missouri-based industrial development firm, plans to build three large commercial structures on the 330-acre parcel off state Route 29 and Kosciuszko Street, which the firm says would create 1,300 to 2,000 jobs. NorthPoint has reached a preliminary agreement to purchase the land from the nonprofit Earth Conservancy.NorthPoint has requested that Hanover Twp., Nanticoke, Hanover Area School District and Greater Nanticoke Area School District exempt new structures on the site from property taxation for a decade. The firm’s request falls under a tax abatement program known as Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance, or LERTA, that allows local taxing authorities to exempt improvements to business properties located in “deteriorated” areas.The two municipalities and two school districts already approved that request, according to county records.
At a Jan. 9 work session, county council members heard a NorthPoint executive extol the virtues of the project. On Tuesday, the issue reaches the agenda for council’s voting session.
Council will consider a resolution that would provide tax exemption for the NorthPoint project, with 100 percent tax abatement the first seven years, followed by 90 percent in year eight, 80 percent in year nine and 70 percent in year 10.
Those numbers could change, according to Councilman Harry Haas.
“I encourage the manager and council members to get a better deal for the county,” Haas said Friday.
Haas said he was impressed by NorthPoint’s presentation at the work session earlier this month. He is also impressed by the success NorthPoint had developing the parcel in Hanover Industrial Estates that houses the 800,000-square-foot Chewy.com warehouse, he said.
But NorthPoint’s argument that “it all comes down to nickels and dimes” for industrial development projects works both ways, Haas said.
“It also comes down to nickels and dimes for taxpayers,” he said.
It is possible that county Manager David Pedri will negotiate better terms on the county’s behalf, or that a council member will make a motion to amend the resolution to reflect better terms, Haas said.
Council Chairman Tim McGinley said he expects council to discuss the requested tax abatement in detail, then vote on the resolution that will determine its fate Tuesday.

1/18/2018
Search for fallen WWII soldier’s family moves to Moosic
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice - Note: partial article from CV

The hunt for family of a World War II soldier missing since October 1944 has shifted — and appears to be over.
Military officials initially contacted the Nanticoke Historical Society, looking for family of Private Anthony Laskowski, believed to have been a Nanticoke native killed in a massive explosion near Agincourt, France.
But some Laskowskis in the Nanticoke area knew the military was on the wrong track — their Anthony Laskowski survived the war and died in the 1980s. After a recent story was published in The Citizens’ Voice, they eventually helped track down the right family, the Laskowskis originally from Moosic.
Delphine Krappa Mattei, 81, of Dupont, on Wednesday said the Laskowski the military is inquiring about is her uncle, Anthony A. Laskowski. He was the brother of her late mother, Laura Laskowski Gerlak.

1/17/2018
Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperation on blight
boboyle@timesleader.com |

The mayors of three of Luzerne County’s four cities met Tuesday to discuss issues and possible partnerships to help ease some of the financial burdens each faces and ways to grow their communities.
Mayor Tony George of Wilkes-Barre, Mayor Mike Lombardo of Pittston and Mayor Jeff Cusat of Hazleton met for more than an hour in Wilkes-Barre City Hall to exchange ideas and to share experiences. Mayor Rich Wiaterowski of Nanticoke could not attend the meeting.
Lombardo said the group, for now, is called Council of Cities and the plan is to meet quarterly or more often, depending on issues.
Tuesday’s discussion centered on blighted properties and how to deal with absentee owners and overcrowded units with numerous code violations. The mayors’ goal is to find the best way to get the buildings rehabilitated and returned to the tax rolls as soon as possible.
There was extended conversation on Act 90 — the “Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act” — which took effect in 2011.
Act 90 expands the powers that municipalities have to reduce blighted properties. Those in “serious code violation,” as determined by local zoning officers, can have several legal actions taken against them. Buildings that are determined to be a “public nuisance” also fall under the law.
A city may take action if after six months from the date of an order to correct violations there has been “no substantial step” to correct those violations.
Some of the options available:
• Liens can be placed against properties with code violations.
• Municipalities can take property owners to court to seek judgments against an owner’s assets.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners of buildings who are in violation.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners who are behind in taxes.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners behind in other municipal accounts (water, sewage, refuse collection, etc.)
• Municipalities may deny these permits until all existing violations are remedied.
• Out-of-state property owners may be extradited to Pennsylvania to be charged with property-related violations.
• Magisterial districts may establish “housing courts” — additionally, judges are encouraged to attend training and education relating to new blight laws.
Housing help
George, Cusat and Lombardo will invite Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis to discuss what her office can do to assist the cities in addressing the issues covered by Act 90.
“In Pittston, our focus over the next four years will be on our housing stock,” said Lombardo, who returned to office this month. “All of our downtowns are growing or have the potential to grow and housing issues dictate where we go from here.”
Lombardo hopes the mayors can share issues each city is confronting and also discuss how they can join together to make purchases of items and materials they all use.
“In Hazleton, we certainly have a lot of issues with housing,” Cusat said. “We found one apartment where eight people were living in one room. We’ve also found people living in basements with no way out.”
George agreed the four cities together have the potential to present a stronger argument on issues.
“As a group, we have a better chance at securing federal funding for certain projects,” George said.
Lombardo and Cusat agreed, saying each city acting alone would not be as influential as a united effort by the four.|
The mayors also intend to find ways to attract developers to their cities to help eliminate blight.

1/16/2018
Family sought of Nanticoke soldier killed in France in World War II
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice

After more than 73 years, there is renewed hope of determining the fate of a Nanticoke soldier believed to have been killed during World War II.
Private Anthony Laskowski and 32 other men were thought to have been killed in a horrific explosion and inferno on Oct. 10, 1944 near Ajincourt, France. But the remains of Laskowski and 12 others were never recovered. They’ve been considered missing in action ever since.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recently recovered remains in that area and are trying to link them with the missing through family DNA testing.
The organization recently reached out to the Nanticoke Historical Society to help track down relatives of Laskowski.
Chet Zaremba, the group’s vice president, said he’s been having little luck.
“He did live in Nanticoke at one time, so we owe him something,” Zaremba said. “There’s lots of Laskowskis around here, but I can’t make any connection.”
Military officials have told Zaremba that Laskowski’s enlistment paperwork indicates he was from Nanticoke and his mother, Stefania, lived in the Sheatown section of Newport Twp.
News accounts from January 1945 reported on his suspected death and says he was the brother of Mrs. John Gerlak of Dupont and the husband of Evelyn Laskowski, of Center Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
The military’s missing persons website has Laskowski listed under those unaccounted for from New Jersey.
Military officials provided the historical society with a summary about the incident that likely killed Laskowski.
Members of Laskowski’s unit — the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, 60th Engineers Combat Battalion — were laying anti-tank landmines at night on Oct. 10, 1944 during a period intermittent artillery and mortar fire. Truck after truck was loaded with fused mines.
A big explosion from the leading truck caused the systematic detonation of other trucks and mines on the ground, causing more than 1,500 mines to explode.
“The entire area immediately became an inferno of exploding mines, small arms ammunition and burning,” according to an after-action report by the 60th Engineers Combat Battalion. “The night was very dark and there was a heavy fog, which made rescue work most difficult ...”
Zaremba is hoping Laskowski still has some local relatives so the military can determine if his remains have been found.
“They are trying to identify them so they could bury them properly,” Zaremba said.
Relatives can contact the Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at 1-800-892-2490.
Missing in action
Name: Private Anthony Laskowski
Branch: U.S. Army
Missing since: Oct. 10, 1944
Location: Near Ajincourt, France
Unit: 35th Infantry Division, 60th Engineers Combat Battalion
Hometown: Nanticoke
Marital residence: Newark, N.J.
Are you a relative?
The military is seeking relatives of Private Anthony Laskowski in order to provide a DNA sample that could help identify remains found in the area where Laskowski went missing during World War II. Relatives can contact the Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at 1-800-892-2490.

1/5/2018
Winning lottery ticket sold in Nanticoke will expire soon
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice

Time is running out for someone to claim a $50,000 winning lottery ticket purchased at a Nanticoke convenience store last year.
Someone correctly matched the “Pick 5” numbers the evening of Jan. 12, 2017 in a ticket purchased at Turkey Hill Minit Mart at 460 W. Main St.
The winnings will be forfeited if the ticket is not claimed by Friday, Jan. 12, as winning tickets expire after one year, lottery officials warn.
The winning numbers, in order, were “8-1-0-5-8.”
Turkey Hill in Nanticoke has a sign up near its lottery register advising residents to “Please check your tickets” as a big winner sold here is set to expire.
“This is a $50,000 winner and is unclaimed,” the sign reads.
Allen Zieglar, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Lottery, encouraged people to check old tickets in hopes they have the winner. If it’s not claimed by next Friday, the $50,000 will be returned to the lottery’s fund that benefits older Pennsylvanians.
“We want players to check every ticket every time. We don’t want them to miss out on a prize. That’s why we are here. We do our best to notify the public and players that there are winning tickets out there,” Zieglar said. “Unfortunately, if it’s not claimed in time, the money goes back to the lottery fund.”
While some state lotteries give players only 90 or 180 days to claim a prize, Pennsylvania Lottery prizes expire one year from the drawing date, Zieglar noted.
In the past year, $18.8 million in lottery prizes have gone unclaimed, he said.

Happy New Year 2018!

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