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It’s final: $1 million lottery ticket sold in Meridian left unclaimed

It's official: A Powerball lottery ticket worth $1 million has expired without its winner claiming the prize. The ticket-holder, who bought the winning ticket at a Maverik store at Locust Grove and McMillan in Meridian in June, never came forward by the deadline, which was Friday of last week. The Idaho Lottery announced today that the store still will get its $20,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, but the winnings will revert back to the Lottery's beneficiaries, the state's schools and permanent building fund, which builds and maintains state buildings. Click below for the full announcement from the Idaho Lottery, which includes a reminder to ticket-buyers to check their numbers.



Monday, December 17, 2012



Unclaimed $1,000,000 Powerball Ticket Sold at Maverik in Meridian

 BOISE, Idaho – After 180 days, one ticket worth $1,000,000 sold for the June 20, 2012 Powerball draw in Meridian has expired.Despite increased interest in the winning ticket from players last week, no one claimed the prize before last Friday’s deadline.

 The winning ticket in question was sold at the Maverik, Inc. store located on the corner of Locust Grove and McMillan the night before the draw on June 19, 2012. It was a single line, $2 quick pick. By law, once the ticket expires the Idaho Lottery cannot pay the claim.Maverik, Inc. will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000 for selling the ticket.

 “With the gift giving season quickly upon us, we cannot emphasize enough for players to check their tickets carefully after each and every draw for winners,” said Idaho Lottery Director, Jeff Anderson.“With a holiday themed line up of scratch tickets and the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle close to selling out, we want to remind players this season to sign their tickets and check them carefully for winners.”

The prize amount from the unclaimed $1,000,000 prize reverts back to the Idaho Lottery’s unclaimed prize fund which ultimately benefits Idaho’s bottom line – public schools and the permanent buildings of the State of Idaho.

Players can check their draw tickets on the Idaho Lottery website at www.idaholottery.comor by calling the winning numbers hotline at 208-334-4656. Players can check both scratch tickets and draw tickets in retail locations by using the blue self-check boxes, the big red vending machines, or by having the store clerk verify them.


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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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