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$50,000 unclaimed Powerball prize set to expire

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A $50,000 Louisiana Lottery Powerball ticket remains unclaimed in Denham Springs. The Powerball prize was won on May 22, 2019, at the Circle K Store #2706820 and the ticket is set to expire November 18, 2019.

The winning Powerball ticket matched four of the five white ball numbers drawn and the Powerball number to win the $50,000. The winning numbers for the May 22 drawing were 07-10-20-44-57 and the Powerball number was 03.

“We look forward to the winner coming forward to claim this prize. In the meantime, the individual should treat the ticket as cash,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.

The holder of the winning ticket has until 5:00 P.M. on the date of expiration to claim the prize. Winnings are subject to applicable federal and state tax withholdings. Prizes greater than $600 may be claimed at any of the Lottery’s five regional offices located throughout the state or at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.

Winners of the Lottery’s draw-style games must claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing. After prizes have passed their redemption deadlines, they are deposited into the Lottery’s unclaimed prize fund, which is returned to players in the form of increased payouts on scratch-off games and player promotions.

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A $50,000 Louisiana Lottery Powerball ticket remains unclaimed in Denham Springs. The Powerball prize was won on May 22, 2019, at the Circle K Store #2706820 and the ticket is set to expire November 18, 2019.

Nearly $10 million in Louisiana Lottery winnings go unclaimed every year

Posted: May 8, 2019 / 05:07 PM CDT / Updated: May 8, 2019 / 05:22 PM CDT

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NEW ORLEANS (WWL-TV) — An unclaimed $1 million lottery ticket sold at a gas station near North Rampart Street in August, 2018 just expired in February, but there are millions of dollars in unclaimed prizes still up for grabs.

The odds of winning the Louisiana Lotto is 1-in-3.8 million, but you don’t have to win the jackpot to get a hefty pay out.

“We’ve had four winners this year, and one of them is for $10,000 and no one has claimed it yet,” Richard Tallo, owner of Carwash Depot in Ponchatoula, said.

Tallo is amazed that some lucky, or perhaps unlucky, person hasn’t realized they’ve won so much money. Their winning ticket matched four numbers of the Megaplier, the odds of that are 1-in-931,001.

Each year, the Louisiana Lottery estimates abut $9-10 million worth of lottery winnings never get collected.

Kimberly Chopin is with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, the office that runs the state games as well as MegaMillions and Powerball Lotteries.

There’s winnings out there that people haven’t come forward with their tickets yet,” Chopin said. “You never know, you may be holding on to a $10,000 ticket or a $50,000 Powerball ticket.

From the moment the winning numbers are called, the clock starts to tick. Winners have 180 days to redeem their prize. The winning ticket sold at Car Wash Depot has 110 days left.

Most of the tickets are for smaller prizes, though, like $4.

Those wins add up though. In the latest data available from the lottery corporation, there was a total of 286 tickets sold between November 2017-2018, for a combined $1.7 million in unclaimed prizes of $600 and up

That includes Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne and St. Charles Parishes.

And besides the $10,000 ticket in Ponchatoula, there’s also another winner waiting in West Monroe. That ticket holder has just 12 days left, while someone in Zachary could miss out if they don’t claim their winnings in 141 days.

So why wait? It’s likely that people don’t even know they won.

“We had one winner who within 30 days his $50,000 prize was about to expire, his friend told him about an unclaimed prize he had heard about, and sure enough he was using his ticket as a bookmark,” Chopin said.

That sounds tragic, but there’s sort of an upside. Unclaimed prizes go back into the pot for things like scratch-offs and a portion of all sales goes to the state treasury, specifically marked for education.

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Each year, the Louisiana Lottery estimates about  $9 to $10 million worth of lottery winnings never get collected.