A $77m Powerball lottery ticket, originally sold on June 29, has remained unclaimed by its winner and is close to expiring.
The ticket for the Georgia Lottery will expire on Monday evening at 5pm, when the lottery’s 180-day claim window closes. Georgians: now is the time to start upending sofas and checking wallets.
The winning ticket was sold at the Pilot Travel Center truck stop, along I-20 and just inside the state from Alabama. It came with the numbers 24, 30, 45, 57, and 59, with Powerball number 26. Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick says:
“Unclaimed Powerball jackpot prize funds are returned proportionately to each participating state based on that state’s sales for the particular drawing.”
In Georgia, all unclaimed prize money is placed back in the prize pool for future games and special prize promotions. It’s still paid out to lottery players, but that probably won’t be much consolation if you found this ticket to a fortune on Tuesday morning.
Anybody who finds the ticket is urged to head down to the Georgia Lottery headquarters in downtown Atlanta, or one of the seven district lottery offices around the state. If you find it after Monday, it’s probably time to curl up into a very, very small ball and sob/shake uncontrollably for the next year. Reddick adds:
“The winner can claim at the Georgia Lottery kiosks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, located in the baggage claim areas of the North and South terminals.”
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