Man claims lottery ticket worth $250,000 days before deadline

This Ameristop in Covington is where the winning ticket was sold.
This Ameristop in Covington is where the winning ticket was sold.

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A winning Powerball ticket worth $250,000 and sold in Covington has been claimed just three days before the ticket expired.

The Cincinnati man, who doesn't want his named to be released, checked his tickets after hearing about the almost expired ticket on the local news.

The ticket was sold on Dec. 21 at the Ameristop Food Mart on West Pike Street.

Winning tickets must be claimed 180 days from the drawing, which meant that the ticket would have expired at midnight on June 19.

However, the 180 day period ends on a Sunday, so the winner needs to follow specific directions to claim their prize.

"The ticket has to be brought to our Louisville headquarters to be cashed," said Kentucky Lottery VP of Communications Chip Polston. "The winner would need to bring the ticket to us before 5:00 PM EST on Friday June 17th. However, since the office will be closed on Sunday the 19th when the ticket expires, the winner can go to any Kentucky Lottery retailer before midnight on the 19th and have the ticket scanned. If we see the activity on Monday morning, we'll pay the claim."

The ticket matched the white ball numbers from the drawing on the 21st but not the Mega Ball. The winning white ball numbers were: 8 - 11 - 12 - 31 - 32.

The largest unclaimed prize in Kentucky Lottery history was a $1 million Lotto KY prize sold at Jack's Marathon in Crescent Springs on March 2, 1991.

Northern Kentucky has been the site of other large jackpots that went unclaimed. In May 2009, a $200,000 Powerball ticket sold at Oldtown Shell in Covington expired after no one stepped forward to claim it. In addition, a $853,492 Powerball ticket sold at the Hebron BP in Hebron went unclaimed in April 2006.

By law, if the prize is not claimed by the deadline, the $250,000 will go to a reserve fund set up to cover any potential shortfalls to the KEES scholarship program. In the last fiscal year, the Kentucky Lottery saw $13.6 million in prizes go unawarded – but the overwhelming majority of unclaimed prizes are under $10.

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