Despite rumors flying around town that someone here is holding the million dollar ticket, no one has come forward to claim the prize on a Lottery ticket that was sold in Nevada on April 11.
Lottery officials marked the one-month anniversary of the ticket’s sale today with a press conference at the Casey’s store on South B Avenue in Nevada to call attention to the unclaimed prize.
“That’s a little unusual for a prize of this size to be unclaimed for that long,” said Mary Neubauer, the Iowa Lottery’s spokesperson, who was at the news conference speaking to the press, along with Casey’s manager Kim Cochran.
Cochran acknowledged that she and other Casey’s workers have heard a lot of buzz about this prize. “There’s a lot of things going around, and we’re just hoping somebody comes forward… We’d really like to have them claim the prize; that would be very cool.”
Cochran added, “We’re hoping having everyone here today will get the winner out in the open so we’ll know who it is.”
Neubauer said there isn’t any hurry, as lottery winners have a year to come forward. She said oftentimes the winner wants to meet with a lawyer or financial advisor first to get their ducks in a row before making it official. Neubauer said the Lottery just fears that the longer the ticket remains unclaimed, the more likelihood there is that it could be lost, and she reminded people that they must have that ticket to claim the prize. Furthermore, she said a prize of this size must be claimed at Lottery headquarters in Clive. She said a winner who has questions may call the Lottery office, 515-725-7900.
Signs about the winning lottery ticket will be posted inside the South B Casey’s store, and on its outside window, too. The signs will remind people of the unclaimed prize, it’s amount of $1 million and the deadline for claiming the prize. The winning numbers were: 16-18-27-55-67 and Powerball 18. The Power Play® number was 3. The Nevada ticket was the only one in the country to win a million dollars in the April 11 drawing. The ticket also came very close to winning that night’s $89.7 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers, but missing the Powerball.
Three other tickets remain outstanding in Iowa that are about to expire. Two are $30,000 tickets purchased Feb. 28 at the Fareway store on Westwinds Drive in Iowa City that expire May 29. The other is a $50,000 ticket purchased at a Casey’s on Avenue H in Fort Madison that expires June 11. The money from unclaimed prizes in Iowa goes into the Lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions.
Regardless of anyone coming forward, Neubauer said the Casey’s Store has already received its award of $1,000 for selling a winning million dollar ticket.