Philly hoagie shop serves up lotto winners

April 4, 2011 2:43:31 PM PDT
The secret is now out! Primo's Hoagies on East Clearfield Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia is carrying a hot hand.

Turns out, the shop has produced three Pennsylvania Lottery winners in the last nine years.

Christina and Jim McDade of Bridesburg are the latest winners. They recently hauled in a $225,000 Cash 5 jackpot... even though it took them a month to realize it.

"I didn't believe it. I called my daughter in the other room. She checked it and we jumped up and down," Christina said.

The owner of the hoagie shop says the first in the series of Cash 5 winners was a woman who only wanted to be known as 'Peggy.' She won $251,000 (before taxes) back in 2002.

However, when we asked if she had any left, she said "Oh, maybe a couple of bucks. I gave it all to my kids."

With the Cash 5 game, you have two options. Number one, you can actually fill in all of your picks with a pen, yourself. Option two, you can have the computer generate random numbers. In two of the three cases where people won money at at Primo's, they chose the computer option.

So, is it all just a coincidence? The owners get a $500 cut of the winnings to ponder that.

"We plan to have more, hopefully. A couple more over the years," said Chris Szewczak.

As for the McDades, they plan to be practical with the cash, which after taxes amounts to $150,000.

Jim is retiring from the Philadelphia Water Department soon, and wants a compact truck. Christina says she splurged and bought a new trash can for the kitchen.

Before they left, we caught Jim grabbing a handful of new lottery tickets.

Hey, when you're hot...