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Unclaimed $1 million lottery ticket to expire

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RYE, N.Y. — Check your pockets, look under your couch, search your car, claim your million dollar grand prize before it's too late.

"1-6-7-20-49, Powerball 23? are the million-dollar numbers from the drawing Aug. 25, 2012, but the owner of the winning ticket still remains a mystery. The ticketholder has until August 25 to step forward or forfeit the money to a prize pool for future winners.

Ralph Alfalahi has put up signs on both entrances of his Playland Market, a Rye deli that sold the winning ticket, to encourage customers to check their tickets and come forward.

"We've had a lot of winners for $500 and maybe even a few thousand, but the million dollar ticket, that's the first time we've seen a winner like that," recounts employee Alex Delgado.

Delgado admits that he thinks about the prize money sometimes. "If nobody comes forth with the winning ticket, I think that the money should come to the store and I'd get a cut," Delgado says jokingly. "I'd cash the money immediately and pay off my college loans," he adds.

New York State Gaming Commission Spokesperson Christy Calicchia says that there are a number of reasons lotteries go unclaimed. "All the common reasons you can think of, from lost tickets to tickets being washed in jean pockets," says Calicchia.

For this fiscal year alone, there are nearly $28 million worth of prizes, ranging from instant tickets and lottery draw games, to Powerball, Megamillions, and the Sweet Million lotto, that have been left unclaimed.

"Sometimes players don't realize that there is more than one prize," Calicchia explains, "when they hear that the winning ticket, like the recent New Jersey winners, was bought in another state, they lose interest and forget there are other tiered prizes."

With this prize, after state and federal taxes are calculated, the winner could take home an estimated $662,000. If this Powerball is left unclaimed, it will be the sixth-largest prize that has gone without a taker in the history of New York lotteries.

Amazingly, the largest sum gone uncollected was $68 million from a Mega Millions drawing in Brooklyn back in 2002.

Those at the New York Lottery are "hopeful that whoever is the holder of this ticket will come forward and claim the prize, especially with all the emphasis that we are putting on it," says Calicchia.

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Posted: August 17, 2013, 7:57 am - IP Logged

Check your pockets, look under your couch, search your car, claim your million dollar grand prize before it's too late.

"1-6-7-20-49, Powerball 23? are the million-dollar numbers from the drawing Aug. 25, 2012, but the owner of the winning ticket still remains a mystery. The ticketholder has until August 25 to step forward or forfeit the money to a prize pool for future winners.

Ralph Alfalahi has put up signs on both entrances of his Playland Market, a Rye deli that sold the winning ticket, to encourage customers to check their tickets and come forward.

"We've had a lot of winners for $500 and maybe even a few thousand, but the million dollar ticket, that's the first time we've seen a winner like that," recounts employee Alex Delgado.

Delgado admits that he thinks about the prize money sometimes. "If nobody comes forth with the winning ticket, I think that the money should come to the store and I'd get a cut," Delgado says jokingly. "I'd cash the money immediately and pay off my college loans," he adds.

New York State Gaming Commission Spokesperson Christy Calicchia says that there are a number of reasons lotteries go unclaimed. "All the common reasons you can think of, from lost tickets to tickets being washed in jean pockets," says Calicchia.

For this fiscal year alone, there are nearly $28 million worth of prizes, ranging from instant tickets and lottery draw games, to Powerball, Megamillions, and the Sweet Million lotto, that have been left unclaimed.

"Sometimes players don't realize that there is more than one prize," Calicchia explains, "when they hear that the winning ticket, like the recent New Jersey winners, was bought in another state, they lose interest and forget there are other tiered prizes."

With this prize, after state and federal taxes are calculated, the winner could take home an estimated $662,000. If this Powerball is left unclaimed, it will be the sixth-largest prize that has gone without a taker in the history of New York lotteries.

Amazingly, the largest sum gone uncollected was $68 million from a Mega Millions drawing in Brooklyn back in 2002.

Those at the New York Lottery are "hopeful that whoever is the holder of this ticket will come forward and claim the prize, especially with all the emphasis that we are putting on it," says Calicchia.

Why is a grand prize powerball ticket only 1 million

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    Posted: August 17, 2013, 8:56 am - IP Logged

    Why is a grand prize powerball ticket only 1 million

    It was not a grand prize winner. The writer should not have included the PB because it was only a match 5 second tier winning ticket, not a match 5 plus PB jackpot winner. The second tier prize is $1 million ($2 million if PowerPlay is purchased for extra $1).

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    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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      Posted: August 17, 2013, 9:14 am - IP Logged

       Maybe the winner expired or more likely threw ticket out by mistake. At this late date doubt it will be found.

      Being a small time player most tickets bought for a specific drawing was 6 tickets. Most of the time, just buy one ticket per drawing. They are checked the next date at the state lottery website.

      I cringe when seeing lottery players giving their ticket to the store clerk to check for winning numbers. Fortunately NJ has installed ticket readers so players can scan the ticket themselves.Unhappy

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         Maybe the winner expired or more likely threw ticket out by mistake. At this late date doubt it will be found.

        Being a small time player most tickets bought for a specific drawing was 6 tickets. Most of the time, just buy one ticket per drawing. They are checked the next date at the state lottery website.

        I cringe when seeing lottery players giving their ticket to the store clerk to check for winning numbers. Fortunately NJ has installed ticket readers so players can scan the ticket themselves.Unhappy

        At least California is not fretting over this ticket , Powerball began to be sold Statewide in April of this year for the first time.

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          Posted: August 17, 2013, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

          Eight days left I sure do hope the winner comes forwardLurking

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            Posted: August 17, 2013, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

            Eight days left I sure do hope the winner comes forwardLurking

            Me too, dallascowboyfan, even if this PB 2nd prize winner is from California, New Jersey, or outside of the good 'ole U.S. of A. 

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              Posted: August 17, 2013, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

              Check your pockets, look under your couch, search your car, claim your million dollar grand prize before it's too late.

              "1-6-7-20-49, Powerball 23? are the million-dollar numbers from the drawing Aug. 25, 2012, but the owner of the winning ticket still remains a mystery. The ticketholder has until August 25 to step forward or forfeit the money to a prize pool for future winners.

              Ralph Alfalahi has put up signs on both entrances of his Playland Market, a Rye deli that sold the winning ticket, to encourage customers to check their tickets and come forward.

              "We've had a lot of winners for $500 and maybe even a few thousand, but the million dollar ticket, that's the first time we've seen a winner like that," recounts employee Alex Delgado.

              Delgado admits that he thinks about the prize money sometimes. "If nobody comes forth with the winning ticket, I think that the money should come to the store and I'd get a cut," Delgado says jokingly. "I'd cash the money immediately and pay off my college loans," he adds.

              New York State Gaming Commission Spokesperson Christy Calicchia says that there are a number of reasons lotteries go unclaimed. "All the common reasons you can think of, from lost tickets to tickets being washed in jean pockets," says Calicchia.

              For this fiscal year alone, there are nearly $28 million worth of prizes, ranging from instant tickets and lottery draw games, to Powerball, Megamillions, and the Sweet Million lotto, that have been left unclaimed.

              "Sometimes players don't realize that there is more than one prize," Calicchia explains, "when they hear that the winning ticket, like the recent New Jersey winners, was bought in another state, they lose interest and forget there are other tiered prizes."

              With this prize, after state and federal taxes are calculated, the winner could take home an estimated $662,000. If this Powerball is left unclaimed, it will be the sixth-largest prize that has gone without a taker in the history of New York lotteries.

              Amazingly, the largest sum gone uncollected was $68 million from a Mega Millions drawing in Brooklyn back in 2002.

              Those at the New York Lottery are "hopeful that whoever is the holder of this ticket will come forward and claim the prize, especially with all the emphasis that we are putting on it," says Calicchia.

              to bad Smiley

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                Posted: August 17, 2013, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

                It seems that the Lunatics in Albany will get some extra money .........

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                  Posted: August 17, 2013, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

                  It's probably someone from NJ.

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                    Posted: August 17, 2013, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

                    It's probably someone from NJ.

                    If It Is, they're probably from the northern part of the state, seems like that's where the winners come from most of the time.

                    But why buy their tix. In Rye N.Y. I'm not even sure where that Is.

                    Anywhere near the Jersey border ?

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                       Maybe the winner expired or more likely threw ticket out by mistake. At this late date doubt it will be found.

                      Being a small time player most tickets bought for a specific drawing was 6 tickets. Most of the time, just buy one ticket per drawing. They are checked the next date at the state lottery website.

                      I cringe when seeing lottery players giving their ticket to the store clerk to check for winning numbers. Fortunately NJ has installed ticket readers so players can scan the ticket themselves.Unhappy

                      It's not like it hasn't happened before, someone waiting until the last day to verify their ticket and claim the prize.  It could happen again.

                      * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
                      * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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                        Posted: August 17, 2013, 7:43 pm - IP Logged

                        If It Is, they're probably from the northern part of the state, seems like that's where the winners come from most of the time.

                        But why buy their tix. In Rye N.Y. I'm not even sure where that Is.

                        Anywhere near the Jersey border ?

                        Okay, I looked It up, the store Is close to the CT. border and I-95,

                        but more Importantly It's near a beachfront amusement park.

                        Picture this, family comes from somewhere to visit the amusement park,

                        The Dad goes to get their lunch at this place a few blocks away and picks up a lottery ticket while he's there.

                        The ticket Is In his car, that Is If he still owns It, could be traded In by now, or maybe It was a rental car.

                        This ticket was forgotten about before he got home.

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                          Posted: August 17, 2013, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

                          I wanna go to that deli and have a corned beef in Rye.

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                            Posted: August 17, 2013, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

                            Well, that sure would taste good on some rye bread there. Poke

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