Pennsylvania

Lottery ticket worth $1,000 dropped in Salvation Army kettle

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, Salvation Army bell ringer Esther Rahenkamp, of Avon Park, Fla., greets shoppers at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Iowa, standing next to a 700-pound donation kettle. The holiday season is a great time to give, not just presents to loved ones but also to charities to help others. Donations of money or goods to a charity by the end of the year may also help you on your federal income tax return. (Gary Krambeck/The Dispatch via AP, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, Salvation Army bell ringer Esther Rahenkamp, of Avon Park, Fla., greets shoppers at NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Iowa, standing next to a 700-pound donation kettle. The holiday season is a great time to give, not just presents to loved ones but also to charities to help others. Donations of money or goods to a charity by the end of the year may also help you on your federal income tax return. (Gary Krambeck/The Dispatch via AP, File)

 An anonymous donor has dropped a $1,000 winning lottery ticket into a Salvation Army kettle in Pennsylvania.

The Erie Times-News reports that the donor tucked the ticket inside a wad of $1 bills outside a Wal-Mart in Harborcreek Township on Dec. 6.

The Erie County Salvation Army says the donation is needed because the annual fundraiser is behind schedule.

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Through Monday, the campaign had collected just under $80,000, which is about $22,000 less than was collected by the same date last year. Last year's $158,872 total was also the lowest collected since 2008.

The charity is hoping to raise $190,000 this year, so business administrator Bernie Myers says the $1,000 ticket donation "helps quite a bit."

Pennsylvania Lottery officials say the winner was a Fantastic 10s instant ticket.