Check your tickets: Clock ticking for missing New York Lottery Powerball winnerby jmaloni
Winner has only one week left to claim prize
The clock is ticking for a mystery New York Powerball winner who now has just one week left to claim a $1,000,000 lottery prize. The winning ticket was from the Jan. 5, 2013, Powerball drawing and was sold at Star Wines and Liquors, 475 Route 17M, in Monroe, Orange County.
"Time is running out for the winner of this $1,000,000 prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward to claim it before Jan. 5," said Gardner Gurney, acting director of the division of the lottery. "We are urging players to check and double-check their tickets one last time for the chance to claim one million dollars."
"We encourage our players to always check their tickets as we have hundreds of prizes every drawing, including $10,000 prizes and $100 prizes," Gurney said.
The winning ticket matched five of the six numbers from the Jan. 5 Powerball drawing: 26 - 30 - 49 - 51 - 54, missing only the Powerball number of 25. Prizes can be claimed up to a year after the drawing, which means the lucky winner has only one week left to collect the $1 million prize.
Lottery officials recommend the ticketholder sign the back of the ticket and contact them immediately at 518-388-0563. The winner may claim the ticket at any one of the lottery's customer service centers statewide, including the Fishkill office at Hudson Valley Towne Center, 18 Westage Business Center, Fishkill, NY 12524; the Manhattan office at 15 Beaver St., New York, NY 10004; and the Long Island office at 45 South Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803.
As is always the case, in the event the prize is not claimed by the deadline, the prize money will be returned to the prize pool for future winners. It is used to subsidize prizes for jackpots, promotions and/or special one-time games.
The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable lottery, contributing $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2012-13 to help support education in New York. The lottery's contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal facilities at racetracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.