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Time is running out for one lucky Texan to claim $1 million in lottery winnings

February 20, 2018 10:41 AM
Updated February 20, 2018 11:35 AM

And it’s still unclaimed.

But time is running out for the lucky winner to become a millionaire because the deadline to claim the prize is Thursday.

“We encourage Powerball players to take another look at their ticket, check the numbers again and if your numbers match, sign the back of the ticket and contact us,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

Unclaimed prize money goes to the Foundation School Fund, which is overseen by the Texas Education Agency and helps fund school needs across the state ranging from bilingual education to special education, according to the Texas Lottery Commission.

More than $1 billion in unclaimed prizes has been given back to the state since the Texas Lottery began in 1992, state records show.

That’s a lot of winners — from scratch-off tickets and lottery drawings alike — who didn’t claim their winnings.

Winning lottery tickets for drawings like Mega Millions and Powerball are valid for 180 days from the day of the drawing. Scratch-off tickets are valid for 180 days after the “close date” of the ticket that’s set by lottery officials.

The winning Powerball ticket that expires Thursday was bought at the Sam Food Mart, 905 N. Mill St. in Lewisville.

The last big local lottery winner was a Burleson resident who claimed a $1 million prize earlier this year from the scratch-off game $100 Million Texas Riches. The winner asked to remain anonymous.


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