BATON ROUGE – A 41-year-old New Orleans man got a $40,000 unexpected surprise when he found a Powerball ticket worth that amount just two weeks before it was set to expire.
The winner of the Sept. 21 drawing apparently had no idea that he had purchased a ticket that matched four of the first five numbers and the red Powerball. He re-checked his tickets at the urging of a friend who had told him about the prize set to expire.
The ticket was purchased at the Circle K on Howard Avenue. The ticket matching four of the five numbers and the Powerball is normally worth $10,000, but a Power Play option for an extra $1 multiplied the winnings by 4.
“We’re so pleased we were able to pay this prize,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson. “The Lottery makes every effort to alert players about large prizes that are set to expire by posting information on our website and social media sites, discussing redemption deadlines on our online talk show, The Big Deal, and by distributing news releases,” she continued. “This is a great success story!”
Winners of the Lottery’s draw-style games must claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing. After prizes have passed their redemption deadlines, they are deposited into the Lottery’s unclaimed prize fund, which is returned to players in the form of increased payouts on scratch-off games and player promotions.