Unclaimed Powerball Winnings to Expire
DENVER – The winner of one Powerball ticket, worth $853,492, has less than two weeks to step forward. Sold in Littleton, the unclaimed ticket will expire on April 17, 2006.
The Powerball drawing was held on October 19, 2005, and winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. For the same drawing, another winning ticket was claimed by Andrea McCarthy of Durango, Colo., in October. Both winning tickets matched the five numbers but didn't match the red Powerball.
Although matching all five of the numbers drawn usually means a prize of $200,000, the Colorado players were two of 49 players nationwide who participated in the first Powerball Match 5 BONUS prize. The BONUS prize was a result of the previous record Powerball jackpot of $340 million. Sales that normally would have been added to the jackpot were used to supplement the next tier of winners, who matched five of the five numbers.
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. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.6 billion has been returned to the state.