The deadline has arrived to claim a winning Powerball ticket that’s worth a nice chunk of change and if not claimed the prize will be returned to the lottery pool.
The ticket for the Aug. 25, 2012 drawing was sold at a Westchester County, N.Y., deli called the Playland Market in Rye. The state’s gaming officials are asking for the unknown winner, who is sitting on a $1 million prize, to come forward by a Sunday deadline.
Winners have up to one year to claim the prize and New York Lottery spokesman Lee Park says the deadline will be extended for one week in case someone mailed in the winning ticket.
The Journal News recently reported that Ralph Alfalahi, whose deli sold the winning ticket, has been reminding customers to check their old stubs.
He's even placed a sign outside his deli with the lucky numbers: "1-6-7-20-49, Powerball 23."
"I have no idea who it is," Alfalahi said. "I wish I knew."
New York Lottery spokeswoman Christy Calicchia says missed winnings are far more common than one would think, but lottery officials try to get the prize claimed.
"We use the news media, social media and any other means possible to publicize the fact" that it hasn't been claimed yet and "encourage players to check their tickets," Calicchia said.
In just the last four months, winners statewide reportedly have failed to claim nearly $28 million in drawing-game prizes before they expired.