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A $2 million Powerball ticket in Texas was never claimed. Here’s what happens to the money.

A $2 million Powerball prize went unclaimed. [ROSS D. FRANKLIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS]
By Megan Menchaca mmenchaca@statesman.com
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019 2:29 pm

A Texas gas station sold a lottery ticket worth $2 million. Now, after going unclaimed for six months, the ticket is worth nothing.

The ticket holder had six months to claim their prize after the Oct. 27, 2018, drawing, but did not claim their prize by the deadline of April 25, according to CNBC.

“A ticket holder forfeits any claim to a prize for a draw game after the expiration of the 180th day following the draw date,” the Texas Lottery said to CNBC.

According to the Texas Lottery, the Quick Pick ticket was sold at a Valero Corner Store in College Station and had all five of the matching white ball numbers, but not the red Powerball number.

The now-expired winning numbers were 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, and the Powerball number was 4.

Each of the 44 states with lotteries decides what to do with unclaimed winnings, which CNN said amounted to approximately $3 billion from June 2016 to June 2017.

In Texas, the Texas Lottery Commission decided unclaimed prize money goes to the state for programs authorized by the Texas Legislature, such as education and veterans services.

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