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$200,000 Powerball lottery prize goes unclaimed

PowerballPowerball: $200,000 Powerball lottery prize goes unclaimed

One lucky Powerball winner from Kansas isn't so lucky after the deadline expired for claiming a $200,000 prize.

Kansas Lottery officials said they heard some real doozies last week from people trying to grab a share of the unclaimed riches, but despite that, Friday's deadline passed without the winning ticket showing up.

Just because none could produce the winning ticket, it didn't prevent at least 100 people from trying to claim the money as their own.

"Some guy called twice — I'm not sure if he forgot he called," said lottery spokeswoman Sally Lunsford. "He said he was sure nobody is going to claim the ticket because he washed it."

The winning ticket for the Aug. 1, 2007, drawing was purchased at a store in northeast Kansas, but lottery officials aren't saying where. The deadline was 5 p.m. Friday to turn the ticket in.

Lunsford said one man claimed that he was "very familiar" with the winning numbers because his son had the ticket but was in Arizona for work and couldn't bring it in.

That didn't matter, either, she said, because the person who claimed the prize would have had to have the ticket in hand.

"A lottery ticket is a bare instrument," Lunsford said. "It belongs to whoever brings it in, and their name is signed on the back."

The ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers but not the Powerball number.

Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not.

Any jackpot money not claimed within 365 days of the drawing goes back into the prize pool, she said.

"It would have been fun to have someone find that ticket," Lunsford said.

Thanks to justxploring for the tip.

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: August 3, 2008, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not.

 

Not listing the location makes sense to me, at least until the money has been claimed.  The retailer where the winning ticket was sold is posted the next morning on the FL website.  I wonder if they'll still do that when PB comes to Florida in January.  Still, there are times I'm not sure where I bought my ticket, although I can narrow it down to 3 or 4 stores unless I'm out of the area. 

OTOH, letting everyone know where a ticket was purchased might help find the winner. 

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    Posted: August 4, 2008, 12:04 am - IP Logged

    Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not.

     

    Not listing the location makes sense to me, at least until the money has been claimed.  The retailer where the winning ticket was sold is posted the next morning on the FL website.  I wonder if they'll still do that when PB comes to Florida in January.  Still, there are times I'm not sure where I bought my ticket, although I can narrow it down to 3 or 4 stores unless I'm out of the area. 

    OTOH, letting everyone know where a ticket was purchased might help find the winner. 

    I actually think it is a good idea to not tell people where the ticket was purchased until after someone claims it or it expires. Judging by the article, too many people come out of the woodwork claiming that they won, when they really didn't.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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      Posted: August 4, 2008, 12:20 am - IP Logged

      I guess one could accidently wash the ticket and destroy it...I would sooooooo be crying.  Remember to hold your ticket close till the drawing! Then when you see its a dude.........Kick it to the curb.....or for some....the loss basket. lol

      I wonder if its wise to say where the ticket was exactly sold now that the time has lapsed.  That person would def know it was him/her. Have they already said?

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        Posted: August 4, 2008, 6:55 am - IP Logged

        "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument,"

        Well, if you lose your shirt playing the lottery I guess that's true...

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          Posted: August 4, 2008, 9:49 am - IP Logged

          i almost believe the guy that washed it.  it's not like he tried to claim it, he just called them to say nobody would claim it because he washed it.  Boy would i be kicking my own backside.  But then again that wouldn't happen to me because I use one of those plastic pouches they give you to put your tickets in

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            Posted: August 4, 2008, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

            "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument,"

            Well, if you lose your shirt playing the lottery I guess that's true...

            Good catch & clever response.    LOL    Reminds me of when Jay Leno has "Headlines" 

            That was the way it was reported (not an LP error) 

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              Posted: August 4, 2008, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

              i almost believe the guy that washed it.  it's not like he tried to claim it, he just called them to say nobody would claim it because he washed it.  Boy would i be kicking my own backside.  But then again that wouldn't happen to me because I use one of those plastic pouches they give you to put your tickets in

              In some states if he had also said which store, the time, the date and other combinations on the ticket if they were a regular group of numbers he played then there would have been enough evidents to warrant an investigation that might have awarded him the money.   

              Chances are if he could remember even having a tickets with winning numbers he could have offered more information had he been telling the truth.  If he bought a quick pick, chances are he wouldn't have look at it and remembered any of the numbers on it before he washed it.  Probably a lot of players who bought QPs and lost them thought they might have been the one. 

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: August 4, 2008, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

                "Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not."

                So I guess since the ticket wasn't claimed, whoever sold it doesn't get the bonus prize?  That store owner must be disappointed.

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                  Posted: August 6, 2008, 11:24 am - IP Logged

                  "Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not."

                  So I guess since the ticket wasn't claimed, whoever sold it doesn't get the bonus prize?  That store owner must be disappointed.

                  That's not the way I read the statement at first, but maybe you're right.  I don't think that's fair.   Florida posts signs at the location to find the winner and has a download on its website. They usually start looking for the winner about 60 days before the 180 days period is up. Then they announce it on the local news. 

                  Todd once posted a story about a couple in Colorado who were watching the 11:00 news, heard that someone in their area won, so they checked their ticket.  I think they put it away & forgot about it.  Anyone remember that news article?  They got to a store and validated the ticket just before the midnight deadline, so the Colorado Lottery let them collect. 

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                    Posted: August 6, 2008, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

                    That's not the way I read the statement at first, but maybe you're right.  I don't think that's fair.   Florida posts signs at the location to find the winner and has a download on its website. They usually start looking for the winner about 60 days before the 180 days period is up. Then they announce it on the local news. 

                    Todd once posted a story about a couple in Colorado who were watching the 11:00 news, heard that someone in their area won, so they checked their ticket.  I think they put it away & forgot about it.  Anyone remember that news article?  They got to a store and validated the ticket just before the midnight deadline, so the Colorado Lottery let them collect. 

                    The latest Powerball "winning ticket" seller already received a check for $100,000 even though the winning ticket hasn't been turned in it yet, so...I was misreading that sentence. Smiley

                    I vaguely remember that story.  Why do people buy lottery tickets only to put them away and forget about them?  Makes no sense.

                    Edit:

                    The Colorado couple story -

                    http://www.lotterypost.com/news/124464

                    43 minutes before the ticket expired, they turned it in!  That's just plain crazy.

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                      Posted: August 6, 2008, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

                      "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument,"

                      Well, if you lose your shirt playing the lottery I guess that's true...

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                      Will the $86,000,000 million PA powerball B-2 unclaimed?

                      "MABY" EZMoney will find "IT" S@@N!!

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                        Posted: August 7, 2008, 11:50 am - IP Logged

                        One lucky Powerball winner from Kansas isn't so lucky after the deadline expired for claiming a $200,000 prize.

                        Kansas Lottery officials said they heard some real doozies last week from people trying to grab a share of the unclaimed riches, but despite that, Friday's deadline passed without the winning ticket showing up.

                        Just because none could produce the winning ticket, it didn't prevent at least 100 people from trying to claim the money as their own.

                        "Some guy called twice — I'm not sure if he forgot he called," said lottery spokeswoman Sally Lunsford. "He said he was sure nobody is going to claim the ticket because he washed it."

                        The winning ticket for the Aug. 1, 2007, drawing was purchased at a store in northeast Kansas, but lottery officials aren't saying where. The deadline was 5 p.m. Friday to turn the ticket in.

                        Lunsford said one man claimed that he was "very familiar" with the winning numbers because his son had the ticket but was in Arizona for work and couldn't bring it in.

                        That didn't matter, either, she said, because the person who claimed the prize would have had to have the ticket in hand.

                        "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument," Lunsford said. "It belongs to whoever brings it in, and their name is signed on the back."

                        The ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers but not the Powerball number.

                        Lunsford said businesses that sell a winning ticket receive a bonus prize if the ticket is claimed, but the location won't be revealed if it is not.

                        Any jackpot money not claimed within 365 days of the drawing goes back into the prize pool, she said.

                        "It would have been fun to have someone find that ticket," Lunsford said.

                        Thanks to justxploring for the tip.

                        Lunsford said "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument" should be "a bearer instrument".

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                          Posted: August 7, 2008, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

                          Lunsford said "A lottery ticket is a bare instrument" should be "a bearer instrument".

                          That's a good catch, and pretty funny too!  I'll bet it's actually the reporter's fault.  The reporter probably does not understand what a bearer instrument is and heard "bare instrument".  Funny!!

                           

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                            That's a good catch, and pretty funny too!  I'll bet it's actually the reporter's fault.  The reporter probably does not understand what a bearer instrument is and heard "bare instrument".  Funny!!

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                            But as long as there's still spelling bee contests I have hope! There are 4th graders that can spell words I've never heard of! I fail miserably at the 'Are you smarter than a 5th grader' tv show. All the Astronomy I had to know in grade school was the planets and their order from the sun. In fact that's all I got even through high school!