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Deadline Approaches For $200,000-Winning Powerball® Ticket Sold In Council Bluffs

Last Day To Claim Prize Is May 10, Players Urged To Double-Check Their Tickets

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich and Tabitha Hoff, a staffer at Eddy's convenience store.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The deadline is approaching for an unclaimed $200,000-winning Powerball ticket sold in Council Bluffs, and the Iowa Lottery is putting on a push to find the winner.

Numerous other lotto prizes of up to $10,000 also remain unclaimed in Iowa and are set to expire in the next few months if the winners do not come forward. Lottery officials are reminding players to double-check their tickets.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich talked with customers Tuesday and put up a series of humorous signs along the street in front of the Council Bluffs convenience store that sold the unclaimed $200,000-winning ticket.

"Maybe you've still got that Powerball ticket in your pocket or on your dresser at home," Rich said. "Wherever you keep your tickets, double-check them. Some big prizes are on the line."

The $200,000-winning ticket was sold at Eddy's, 3434 Nebraska Ave. in Council Bluffs, for the Powerball drawing on Saturday, May 9, 2009. It came close to winning it all, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball to win a $200,000 prize. The winning numbers that night were: 4-15-32-49-58 and Powerball 21.

The winner or winners have until the close of business (4 p.m.) on May 10 to claim the prize at a lottery office. The Iowa Lottery has offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

The signs that the lottery put up outside the convenience store read:

    Is it you? We wish we knew!
    Expiration is near for a $200,000-winning Powerball ticket sold here!
    The prize was won in 2009. We've been trying to give you a sign!
    May 10 is the final day to make all the money come your way!
    Hurry, hurry, don't be late, we want to help you celebrate!

In fiscal year 2009, more than $1.3 million in prizes went unclaimed in Iowa lotto games. Unclaimed prizes in Iowa go into prize pools for future lottery games.

Rich said that as the Powerball and Mega Millions® jackpots continue to climb, the added attention that lotteries receive provides opportunity to remind people about the significant prizes involved in lottery games.

"Our big-jackpot games always get attention, and it's easy to understand why," Rich said. "But there are numerous other prize levels in our games, so be sure to check your tickets for those as well."

The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an estimated $105 million for Tuesday night's drawing, while the Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $175 million for Wednesday.

As of Tuesday morning, no one had claimed the Council Bluffs prize. Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim Powerball, Mega Millions® and Hot Lotto® prizes. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game and the Iowa Lottery's Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. If the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery's offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to turn in the ticket.

"The lottery wants to see people coming in to claim all the prizes they justifiably have won," Rich said.

Tickets for these major Iowa Lottery prizes also have yet to be claimed:

Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
July 1, 2009 $10,000 Wings America, Avoca July 1, 2010
July 15, 2009 $10,000 Kum & Go, Council Bluffs July 15, 2010
July 18, 2009 $10,000 Git-N-Go, Pleasant Hill July 19, 2010
Hot Lotto
Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
July 11, 2009 $10,000 Pronto, Kingsley July 12, 2010
Pick 3
Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
March 16, 2010 $1,800 Quick Shop, Clear Lake June 14, 2010
March 20, 2010 $1,750 Quick Shop, Clear Lake June 18, 2010