$1M Powerball Ticket Still Unclaimed
DENVER – A million dollar Powerball ticket is still unclaimed, more than one month after the drawing.
On Sept. 16, 2006, one ticket that matched five of the five Powerball numbers was sold at an Albertsons in Thornton. By matching the five numbers without the Powerball, the player automatically won $200,000 but happened to choose the PowerPlay option, which multiplied the winnings by five.
“When a ticket isn’t claimed after a certain amount of time, it usually means the player doesn't realize his or her good fortune yet,” said Peggy Gordon, Colorado Lottery director. “We like Colorado Lottery winners. We want players to check their tickets to see whether they’ve won $1 or $1 million.”
The last day to claim the prize is March 15, 2007. The winning Powerball numbers from the Sept. 16 drawing are 7, 8, 26, 27 and 42 with 12 as the Powerball number.
Earlier this year on April 17, a Powerball ticket, worth $853,492, expired without a winner coming forward. For all Colorado Lottery games, winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.
In Colorado, about 40 percent of each dollar spent on Powerball is returned to the Lottery’s primary proceeds recipients: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In fiscal year 2006, more than $125.5 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.7 billion has been returned to the state.