Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 10, 2016, 2:50 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

$200,000 Powerball prize awarded on day lottery ticket was set to expire

PowerballPowerball: $200,000 Powerball prize awarded on day lottery ticket was set to expire

Mother urged winner to check tickets, having heard news of upcoming expiration

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — William H. Greer of Philadelphia is the winner of a $200,000 Powerball prize that was set to expire at 4:30 p.m. today.

At Choi's Food and Beer, 3987 Ford Rd, in the Wynnefield section of the city, they knew the ticket sold there that matched all five "white" numbers (but not the red Powerball number) from last year's June 18th drawing was still out there somewhere.

"My mother saw the news about the unclaimed ticket set to expire, knew the store that sold the ticket is where I play and told me to check my old tickets," said Greer. "The first couple of tickets I checked were not winners, but the last one matched the numbers my mother gave me. I started shaking when I checked the numbers against the Lottery's Web site."

Store manager Sue Choi said she got a surprise when a guy walked in and claimed he had the ticket and was sent by his mother to verify the numbers.

"He just told me. He did not show me any ticket. He said he was just going to Harrisburg."

Actually, Greer went to the Philadelphia lottery office, where his claim was preliminarily verified by lottery officials, who examined the ticket and executed proprietary security measures to ensure the ticket was valid.

Greer's ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 09-12-31-39-52, for a $200,000 prize, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Choi Food & Beer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Greer declined participating in a check presentation or public event recognizing his win.

There is one Powerball grand prize still waiting to be claimed in Pennsylvania — half of a $174 million annuity. That ticket was sold last February at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. So you've got about eight months left if you're the lucky holder of that ticket.

Choi's Food and Beer, 3987 Ford Rd, in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, where a $200,000 winning Powerball lottery ticket was sold one year ago -- and just claimed today before it expired.Choi's Food and Beer, 3987 Ford Rd, in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, where a $200,000 winning Powerball lottery ticket was sold one year ago — and just claimed today before it expired.

Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

13 comments. Last comment 7 years ago by dk1421.
Page 1 of 1

United States
Member #58528
February 18, 2008
710 Posts
Offline
Posted: June 18, 2009, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

How can someone have a winning lottery ticket for a year and not know it?

    konane's avatar - wallace
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    Member #1265
    March 13, 2003
    3333 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: June 18, 2009, 10:49 pm - IP Logged

    How can someone have a winning lottery ticket for a year and not know it?

    I Agree!

    Good luck to everyone!

      Avatar

      United States
      Member #24439
      October 22, 2005
      638 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: June 19, 2009, 1:00 am - IP Logged

      How can someone have a winning lottery ticket for a year and not know it?

      How can someone find the winning ticket they've had for over a year they didn't know about?

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
        Idaho
        United States
        Member #56506
        November 21, 2007
        6537 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: June 19, 2009, 2:13 am - IP Logged

        He is lucky that his mom reminded him to check his old tickets. Otherwise he would be out $200,000.

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

          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
          mid-Ohio
          United States
          Member #9
          March 24, 2001
          19831 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: June 19, 2009, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

          How can someone have a winning lottery ticket for a year and not know it?

          He might have just enjoyed quietly hanging on to his winning ticket while watching others who bought tickets at the same place worry that they bought it and lost it.  It's hard to believe  he bought and saved lottery tickets for a year never checking to see if he won anything and then on the day the ticket was to expire checked and found the year old winning ticket near the top of the pile.

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
                       Evil Looking       

            Kaptainess's avatar - hiro bird.jpg

            United States
            Member #63356
            July 26, 2008
            1427 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: June 19, 2009, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

            THAT is one place I stopped playing because they don't have the right attitude towards their customers.  Use to be a nice place until they sold it to new owners.  It seems like a ''bother'' to them to work the lottery machine.  I know a few people that still go there, but not me. 

            I have a box - okay a BIG box that I throw all my tickets in once I check them, never know if you need them or not.  Anyway, expensive wall paper or do some craft work with?  Yes, the box has tickets well over a year, I'm a pack rat???

            I started playing there when I worked at the hospital down the street, no, I wasn't a nurse, I was the carpenter rebuilding.  Some of my funniest stuff I did at that hospital, yeah, I'm the joker in the bunch!

            Still a mystery to me why hospitals and universities always on a building craze?

              dopey7719's avatar - Lottery-049.jpg
              Midlands, SC
              United States
              Member #69698
              January 14, 2009
              303 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: June 20, 2009, 10:06 am - IP Logged

              WOW!!!  I throw all of my tickets away after checking them.  Never occurred to me to keep them all.  Maybe I should start doing that....what do ya'll think?

                beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
                Mid Atlantic States
                United States
                Member #60043
                April 3, 2008
                1422 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: June 20, 2009, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                THAT is one place I stopped playing because they don't have the right attitude towards their customers.  Use to be a nice place until they sold it to new owners.  It seems like a ''bother'' to them to work the lottery machine.  I know a few people that still go there, but not me. 

                I have a box - okay a BIG box that I throw all my tickets in once I check them, never know if you need them or not.  Anyway, expensive wall paper or do some craft work with?  Yes, the box has tickets well over a year, I'm a pack rat???

                I started playing there when I worked at the hospital down the street, no, I wasn't a nurse, I was the carpenter rebuilding.  Some of my funniest stuff I did at that hospital, yeah, I'm the joker in the bunch!

                Still a mystery to me why hospitals and universities always on a building craze?

                I would think that Hospitals and Universities get state and federal money to expand...................Oh well.............congrats to the guy and to his mom ......him for keeping the ticket and her for reminding him.....It's what mothers do Best!!!!!!!!!!!.......beaudad.........

                  wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

                  United States
                  Member #15143
                  May 10, 2005
                  414 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: June 20, 2009, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

                  Just goes to show you that you should always listen to your Mother!Thumbs Up

                    tiggs95's avatar - Lottery-036.jpg

                    United States
                    Member #47420
                    November 4, 2006
                    3930 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: June 20, 2009, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                    Some of these storie's are somtime hard to believe??..

                      Avatar

                      United States
                      Member #67052
                      November 15, 2008
                      80 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: June 21, 2009, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

                      I also have tickets a year old.  Sometimes with work, school and church time goes by fast so it may be a couple of months before i get to check them.

                      i still hold on for a year in case there's some scandal about machine malfunction and the incorrect numbers were given as winners.

                       

                      long shot i know, but i;m laughing at myself also.

                        bashley572's avatar - starwars14
                        West Side of Sunny Florida
                        United States
                        Member #55048
                        September 8, 2007
                        3371 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: June 22, 2009, 5:36 pm - IP Logged

                        THAT is one place I stopped playing because they don't have the right attitude towards their customers.  Use to be a nice place until they sold it to new owners.  It seems like a ''bother'' to them to work the lottery machine.  I know a few people that still go there, but not me. 

                        I have a box - okay a BIG box that I throw all my tickets in once I check them, never know if you need them or not.  Anyway, expensive wall paper or do some craft work with?  Yes, the box has tickets well over a year, I'm a pack rat???

                        I started playing there when I worked at the hospital down the street, no, I wasn't a nurse, I was the carpenter rebuilding.  Some of my funniest stuff I did at that hospital, yeah, I'm the joker in the bunch!

                        Still a mystery to me why hospitals and universities always on a building craze?

                        Yup, I fill shoe boxes up each year in case I need 'losing' tickets for tax purposes..

                        Money won is twice as good as money earned!

                          dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
                          North Carolina
                          United States
                          Member #64582
                          September 1, 2008
                          347 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: June 26, 2009, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

                          I, too, have some old tickets I haven't checked yet. And considering that NC claims are less than a year, I really need to check them more often.

                          Usually they are ones from when we are traveling and my hubby buys one (which is unusual) and then it ends up mixed in the receipt drawer (which he hasn't cleared in months).