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Lucky or unlucky? Time runs out for $1 million Indiana Powerball winner
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2013) - A Powerball winner's luck has run out. Time has passed for the holder of a winning Powerball ticket from April to claim their prize. The $1 million Powerball prize won in Indiana in the April 10 drawing has expired without being claimed.
The prize expired at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, Oct. 7. Powerball players in Indiana have 180 days to claim prizes.
The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind. The retailer 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.
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.
The $1 million prize is 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.
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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