Check your wallet, dresser drawer: $1 million lottery ticket sold in Bellevue expires soon

September 22, 2018

Check your wallet, sock drawer and glove compartment.

The clock is ticking down on a Powerball ticket worth $1 million.

The winning ticket was bought this spring at a Kwik Shop at 2103 Capehart Road in Bellevue. Nebraska lottery officials are urging players to see if they have the winning ticket stashed away somewhere.

“If you have the ticket, we’d love to meet you,” said Neil Watson, spokesman for the Nebraska Lottery.

Watson said the drawing for the $1 million ticket was April 18, and it expires Oct. 15.

It’s rare, he said, for a big prize like that go unclaimed for so long.

Three other $1 million tickets were sold in Nebraska since December, and all three prizes were claimed within five days of the drawing.

There have been 185 Nebraska Lottery lotto prizes worth $5,000 to $1 million claimed since July 1, 2017, totaling just under $10.3 million.

The average time to claim them was just over six days.

The longest time was 70 days to claim a $50,000 Powerball prize in Valley.

Some prizes do go unclaimed. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, two $50,000 Powerball tickets and one $10,000 Mega Millions ticket sold in Nebraska were never claimed.

Prizes of $20,000 or more must be claimed in person at lottery headquarters in Lincoln. Unclaimed prize money is used to fund future Nebraska Lottery games.

Watson said it’s possible that the Bellevue ticket buyer has simply forgotten about the ticket. Beyond that, he declined to speculate.

He did say that if a possible winning ticket is damaged in some way and the numbers are hard to read, the state lottery office has ways to potentially determine whether the ticket is legitimate. He declined to elaborate.

Watson said the state lottery office knows the date and time the $1 million unclaimed ticket was purchased at the Bellevue Kwik Shop.

And though there could be surveillance video showing the person who bought the ticket, Watson said it’s not the role of the Nebraska Lottery office to try to track down the buyer.

Whoever has the $1 million ticket purchased at the Bellevue store would have plenty of extra cash if they turn it in.

After the Nebraska Lottery withholds 29 percent in state and federal taxes, the holder of the ticket would get $710,000.

Think of the presents you could buy for Christmas. It’s only 96 days away.

World-Herald staff writer Dan Golden contributed to this report.

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