A Powerball ticket worth $150,000 may be unknowingly floating around Northern Colorado.
The ticket — sold this summer at Windsor’s King Soopers store — turned out to be a big winner when several of its numbers were drawn Aug. 1.
Lottery winners have 180 days from their draw date to claim their winnings, but days, weeks and months passed after Aug. 1 with nobody stepping forward to collect their $150,000 prize.
If it remains unclaimed by Jan. 27, the money will go to Colorado Lottery’s beneficiaries, which include Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, according to the Colorado Lottery website and spokesperson Meghan Dougherty.
“It is rare, but not unheard of for a large win to go unclaimed,” Dougherty said in an email to the Coloradoan, adding that Colorado Lottery saw a $1 million Mega Millions win go unclaimed in 2016 as well as a $2 million Powerball win in 2013.
Colorado Lottery has only seen 16 lottery jackpots — when all of a ticket’s numbers are drawn — go unclaimed in its history. The last time it happened was in 2004, Dougherty said.
Thousands of lottery prizes as low as $1 to $2 go unclaimed each year, but larger ones not claimed within 30 to 180 days are reported via Colorado Lottery’s online Unclaimed Prizes Report.
There were 89 unclaimed Powerball prizes listed through Colorado Lottery as of Thursday afternoon. All but the Windsor ticket were worth $400 or less. The only other locally unclaimed Powerball prizes were $300 from a ticket sold Aug. 8 at Schrader Country Store in Fort Collins and $100 from a ticket sold Dec. 2 at a Loveland Kum & Go gas station.
Unlike the lottery’s drawn tickets, scratch lottery tickets are impossible to estimate since the lottery never really knows how many of them are sold, Dougherty said. But recently, she added, one winning ticket — a $50 scratch lottery ticket worth $3 million in prizes — went unclaimed until just a few weeks before the period to claim it ended.
“The winner was scanning the ticket for the second chance draw and discovered it was the big winner,” Dougherty said. “Players just need to check their tickets.”
And who knows? Maybe you’ve had $150,000 sitting in your wallet this whole time.
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