$850,000 POWERBALL WINNINGS STILL UNCLAIMEDDENVER – Dust off the lint and compare the numbers. You may be a winner! Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Littleton for the record $340 million jackpot drawing on October 19 won $853,492 and may not know it. It’s been exactly one month since the drawing that produced a record jackpot winner in Oregon and two Colorado winners of the Bonus Prize Pool. One of the two $853,492 prizes won in Colorado remains unclaimed.
Andrea McCarthy of Durango, the other winner of the Bonus Pool Prize, chartered an airplane to Pueblo to claim her prize the day after the drawing when she realized she was a winner. She and her husband plan to build a house and a horse arena with the winnings, approximately $605,000 after taxes.
Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize before it expires. In this case, winners have until April 17, 2006, to claim the prize. The Colorado Lottery encourages people who win big prizes such as this to speak with a financial advisor before coming forward.
Proceeds from the sale of Powerball tickets in Colorado are returned to residents in the form of parks, recreation, wildlife and open space projects. In Fiscal Year 2005, more than $103 million was returned to proceeds recipients from the sale of all Lottery products including Powerball, Cash 5, Lotto and Scratch tickets. In addition, more than $249 million was awarded to game winners.
Check winning numbers at your local Lottery retailer or online at www.coloradolottery.com.