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72 hours left for $1 million Indiana Powerball prize!
Check your tickets! April 10 numbers were: 1-36-40-52-53 PB:20
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 4, 2013) - In roughly 72 hours a $1 million Powerball prize from the April 10 drawing is set to expire. The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind. April 10 was spring break time in the Midwest and the ticket was purchased in southern Indiana just north of Louisville, Ky., along I-65 which is a prime travel route to many southern vacation destinations.
"This money could make a big difference in someone's life, so we'd really like to see it go to the ticketholder," said Sarah Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery. "We're reaching out across the state to get the word out, because the winning ticket could be anywhere."
The April 10 numbers were: 1-36-40-52-53 PB:20. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the Wednesday, April 10 drawing.
The holder of million-dollar ticket has a little more than three days, about 72 hours, to find and present the ticket to lottery officials at 1302 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The prize must be claimed by 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, Oct. 7.
Should somebody find the winning ticket over the weekend, they are encouraged to sign the back immediately and contact Hoosier Lottery customer service.
"It is unusual for a prize to be claimed this late in the game, but it has happened before," said Betsy Gutierrez Hoosier Lottery public relations specialist. "We are still hoping somebody will walk in with the ticket Monday."
In February 2010, after seeing news reports that a $2.5 million prize was about to expire, an Indianapolis couple by the name of Lori and Eric White checked a stack of old tickets that had been gathering dust in their home office and claimed a $2.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot just in the nick of time.
It is rare, but not unheard of, that a prize of such magnitude goes unclaimed. Unclaimed prizes are absorbed back into the lottery to reduce future prize expenses, and that increases the amount of money that goes back to the state.
If it ultimately goes unclaimed, the $1 million prize will not be the largest unclaimed Hoosier Lottery prize. A $5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot went unclaimed in March 2004. In September of 2002 some unlucky soul missed out on a $50 million Powerball jackpot won in the Hoosier state.
Even if no one claims the prize, the Jeffersonville Circle K will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Hoosier Lottery retailers receive a one percent bonus capped at $20,000 for selling a Powerball ticket that matches the first five numbers, but not the PB number.
Powerball players in Indiana have 180 days to claim prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Hoosier Lottery earnings help reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.
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