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What Gives? Two Large Powerball® Prizes Unclaimed In Tipton

Lottery Searches For Prize Winners Of $1 Million & $10,000 In Eastern Iowa Community

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Is Tipton the most forgetful place in Iowa? A town full of practical jokers? Or perhaps the unluckiest lucky city ever? Whatever the reason, two tickets purchased in the eastern Iowa community that each won a sizeable Powerball prize - $1 million and $10,000 respectively - are still unclaimed several months after they hit it big.

The Iowa Lottery held a news conference Friday in the Cedar County seat of about 3,200 to spread the word about the unclaimed prizes and remind lottery players to double-check their tickets.

"We don't want to see these prizes go unclaimed, so wherever you keep your tickets, please get them out and check them," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. "It's unusual to see one big unclaimed prize in a community, and Tipton has two. Maybe there's something in the water, but I hope not in the trash."

The $1 million-winning ticket was purchased at Kum & Go, 2050 Iowa Highway 38 in Tipton, for the Powerball drawing on Nov. 16. The ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize. The winning numbers that night were: 10-29-37-44-59 and Powerball 10.

The winner or winners of that ticket have until the close of business at 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 of this year to claim the prize at lottery headquarters in Des Moines.

The $10,000-winning ticket was purchased at Family Foods, 610 Cedar St. in Tipton, for the Powerball drawing on Jan. 22. The ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win a $10,000 prize. The winning numbers that night were: 1-2-7-9-55 and Powerball 29.

The winner or winners have until the close of business at 4 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2015, to claim the prize at any of the Iowa Lottery's offices, which are in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

Rich noted that when there are large unclaimed prizes, the lottery often receives inquiries from those who wonder if they could be the winner. In the case of the $1 million unclaimed prize, the lottery received an inquiry this week that seems credible, but nothing will be known for sure until a winning ticket is presented and confirmed.

"As we've said before, you must present a winning ticket to claim the prize," Rich said. "We hope to know soon if we have another million-dollar winner, and we're reminding everyone to double-check their tickets. We want to see these prizes claimed."

Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery's prize pools for future games and promotions. During fiscal year 2013, nearly $1.4 million in prizes expired without being claimed in Iowa lotto games.

Three other tickets winning major Iowa Lottery prizes also are unclaimed and will expire in early 2015 if the winners do not come forward in time. Here are details about those tickets:

Powerball      
Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
Feb. 1, 2014 $10,000 Hy-Vee, 1201 N. Dodge St.,
Iowa City
Feb. 2, 2015
Feb. 19, 2014 $10,000 Quik Trip, 4024 Fleur Dr.,
Des Moines
Feb. 19, 2015
Mega Millions      
Prize Drawing Amount Won Retailer Expiration
March 18, 2014 $15,000 Casey's, 5110 S. Iowa Hwy 13,
Coggon
March 18, 2015

 

Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball, Mega Millions®, Hot Lotto® and All or Nothing™. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in 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.

Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retail location where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased.

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