There’s big news for someone who bought a Powerball ticket at a North Liberty convenience store: The ticket won a $1 million prize in last night’s drawing!
Check out this video for all the details about our stop in Cedar Rapids as part of our search for the winner of a $2 million prize. It's been more than a month since the prize was won, so we're spreading the word!
It’s been a month since a $2 million Powerball prize was won in Cedar Rapids, but it’s still unclaimed. Here’s a reminder to double-check your tickets to see if you’ve won that big prize!
The $2 million-winning ticket was purchased at the Hawkeye Convenience Store, 2330 Wiley Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids. The ticket initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize in the July 16 drawing. But whoever bought the ticket also added the Power Play® option to the purchase, which multiplied the prize to $2 million. It was the only one in the country to win a $2 million prize that night.
The winning numbers in the July 16 Powerball drawing were: 11-17-40-50-62 and Powerball 26. The Power Play number was 2. No one matched all six numbers to win that night’s $335.5 million jackpot.
Hawkeye Convenience Store has received a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.
Here at the lottery, we wonder if summertime is a factor in the prize still being unclaimed. People are often a little out of their normal routines this time of year, taking family vacations, playing sports and just being outside enjoying the nice weather. It’s possible that whoever won the $2 million prize doesn’t know it yet.
Powerball prizes in Iowa expire a year from the date of the drawing in which a prize is won, so there’s still plenty of time for the $2 million prize to be claimed. The prize will expire at the close of business on July 17, 2017, if it isn’t claimed by then.
Prizes of $2 million need to be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. If the winner or winners need information before coming forward to claim the prize, they’re welcome to call us here at the lottery at 515-725-7900.
Time is running out for a $10,000 lottery prize that’s still unclaimed nearly a year after it was won in southwest Iowa. We’re reminding players to double-check their tickets!
Click on the video above to learn all the details about the unclaimed Powerball® prize. The $10,000-winning ticket was purchased in Crescent for the drawing on Sept. 5 of last year. The prize will expire next month -- at 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 to be exact -- if it isn’t claimed by then.
We hope this reminder will jog someone’s memory. So wherever you keep your tickets, get them out and double-check them!
The money from unclaimed prizes in Iowa goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired. In fiscal year 2016, nearly $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.
A woman who contacted us on Facebook had a question about a situation that may have happened to you, too. In her case, she was doing some spring cleaning and found a couple old lottery tickets. She wondered if she could still cash them. The tickets she found were from scratch games that ended a few years ago, so the deadlines for claiming prizes in them had passed.
But we’ve had folks contact us about lottery tickets that were far older than that. In one recent instance, someone sent us a ticket from one of the lottery’s first scratch games back in the 1980s and wondered if the prize from it could still be claimed. The short answer was no.
From a record-keeping perspective, the lottery establishes end dates for its scratch and pull-tab games and the corresponding expiration dates for prizes in them. There also are deadlines for claiming prizes in our lotto games (365 days from the date of the drawing in Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Hot Lotto®, All or Nothing™ and Lucky for Life®; and 90 days from the date of the drawing in Iowa’s Pick 3 and Pick 4 games).
Technology has changed so much that our equipment today can’t check tickets from years ago. And simply from a space perspective – physical or electronic – it would be nearly impossible to maintain decades’ worth of the detailed records necessary for a lottery prize to be claimed. Those realities dictate that there are deadlines by which lottery prizes need to be claimed.
The good news is that money from unclaimed prizes here in Iowa goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired.
We keep several items on our website to help folks track our games and prizes. For our pull-tab and scratch games, we keep lists of those games where ticket distribution has recently ended; and the deadlines by which prizes must be claimed in those games that have official end dates. For our lotto games, we keep a list of prizes of $5,000 or more that are still unclaimed.
Bottom line, if you have won a lottery prize, claim it quickly so you don’t have to worry about things like games that have ended and prizes that have expired.
For the second time this year, the expiration date is approaching for two big lottery prizes – this time, one for $50,000 and another for $30,000 – that are still unclaimed nearly a year after they were won with tickets purchased in the Des Moines metro area.
Two other sizeable Iowa Lottery prizes expired in March without being claimed, so the lottery is reminding players to double-check their tickets. It’s unusual to see this many large prizes expire or getting close to their end dates, and we want to see them be claimed in time! We hope our reminders will jog someone’s memory. So wherever you keep your tickets, get them out and double-check them!
Click on the video above to learn all the details about the latest unclaimed prizes. The first is a $50,000 Powerball® prize won with a ticket in Altoona for the drawing on May 6 of last year. The other is a $30,000 Hot Lotto® prize won with a ticket in Ankeny for the drawing on May 27 last year.
The money from unclaimed prizes in Iowa goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired. In fiscal year 2015, more than $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.
There’s a $40,000 prize and a $10,000 prize, both in the Powerball game, which will expire in March if the tickets aren’t turned in. Last week we held a news conference at Casey’s in Manly, where the $10,000-winning ticket was sold, to help bring awareness to the situation. We hope players are hearing this message and are scouring their homes and vehicles to find and check their Powerball tickets before time runs out!
There’s only about a month to go until the expiration deadline for a $10,000 Powerball prize won in Des Moines. Click on the video above to learn all about it. And double-check your tickets!
Some people find it hard to believe, but each year more than $1 million in Iowa Lottery prizes expire without being claimed.
This money goes into future prize pools, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not the particular prizes that have expired. For example the unclaimed Hot Lotto jackpot in 2010, which totaled nearly $10.8 million in cash, was returned to the lotteries in the Hot Lotto game in proportion to the sales from each jurisdiction. The Iowa Lottery received about $1.4 million back and gave the money away in a special summer promotion called “Mystery Millionaire” in 2012.
We keep a list of unclaimed prizes of $9,000 or more on our website and this list is updated daily. This page shows the game, amount won, retailer where the ticket was purchased, drawing when the prize was won and expiration date of the prize. Remember, there are deadlines to claim prizes in each of our lotto games. Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Hot Lotto® and All or Nothing tickets are valid for 365 days after the drawing in which the prize was won. Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets are valid for 90 days after the drawing.
At the lottery, we do all we can to help spread the word about unclaimed prizes, from sending out news releases to the media, posting videos with expiring ticket details and putting up signs in the stores that sold the winning tickets to posting information and reminders about unclaimed prizes on our social media pages, as well as our website.
So if you have a lotto ticket still sitting around at home or folded up in your wallet, get it out and check it today! You may have a big prize waiting!
Lyle Brehm of Dysart admits he let his Powerball® tickets accumulate in his wallet for nearly five months before he checked them. He said he was filling up his vehicle with gas at a local store when a sign near the cash register caught his attention. The sign said that someone who bought a ticket winning a $10,000 Powerball prize at that location back in February still hadn’t claimed the winnings.
Lyle said he had a good feeling when he saw that message and when he checked his tickets, sure enough: He was the $10,000 winner from John’s Quik Stop in Dysart. Lyle says he’s an occasional Powerball player and usually only plays when the jackpot is really big. He also admits he regularly carries tickets around in his wallet that he hasn’t checked yet.
Lyle won his $10,000 prize in the Powerball drawing on Feb. 7, when the jackpot was $394.9 million. He was just one number away from winning at least a share of the big prize, matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. No one won the jackpot that night, so it continued to grow until it hit $564.1 million on Feb. 11 and was split by three tickets purchased in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.
Lyle says if he would have won the jackpot, he wouldn’t have waited to claim his prize. He says he’s sure he would have looked at that ticket a little quicker!
Congrats on your win, Lyle! Glad to know the information reached you in time for you to claim your prize.
As the lottery’s vice president of external relations, I’m a member of the senior management team at the Iowa Lottery, where I’ve worked since 1999. I’ve spent my years at the lottery learning as much as I can about all the ins and outs of the lottery industry. I’ll put that knowledge to work here so I can share the behind-the-scenes details with you!