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Unclaimed $50,000 prize expires Friday
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
Published on Thursday May 5, 2016    8:14 AM     
 
The ticket, with the winning numbers of 23-24-27-39-41 and Powerball of 30, was purchased in Grants Pass on May 6, 2015 and expires at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6 -- one year from the date of the drawing. It was the only ticket with a $50,000 prize in Oregon for that draw date. Lottery rules give winners one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

"The odds of winning a $50,000 prize are one in 913,129, so it would be a huge shame if the person who won didn't claim their prize," said Patrick Johnson, Lottery spokesman. "Most people who win come in within a month of the drawing. This prize might not be a prize worth millions, but I don't know anybody would couldn't use an extra $50,000."

The ticket was sold in the afternoon of May 6, 2015. The Oregon Lottery doesn't reveal the exact location the ticket was sold, for ticket validation purposes.

The Grants Pass Powerball win isn't the only unclaimed ticket. Two other substantial prizes have yet to be claimed, as well.

There is another unclaimed $50,000 Powerball prize, which was sold December 2, 2015 in Sisters. The winning numbers for that ticket are 7-10-46-50-56 with a Powerball of 1. The drawing for the prize was held Dec. 9, 2015 and the player has until Dec. 9, 2016 to claim the $50,000 prize.

Oregon Lottery officials are also waiting for a $1 million Mega Millions prize to be claimed. This ticket was sold on the morning of Jan. 13 in Newport with the winning numbers of 29-41-53-54-70 for the Jan. 15, 2016 drawing. The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions is one in 18,492,204. The player has until Jan. 15, 2017 to claim the prize.

The funds from unclaimed Lottery prizes go back to the state to fund education, state parks, watershed enhancement and economic development.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, winners should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim the prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org