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One million dollar Powerball ticket must be claimed by Monday

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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- A million dollars is up for grabs, but someone has to claim the prize. This isn't the first time people are walking way from cold hard cash.

The Hoosier Lottery says it doesn't happen very often, but someone won a $1 million Powerball ticket at the Circle K in Jeffersonville on Hamburg Pike. The winner has until Monday to come forward or lose it all.

David Enochs, a customer, says, "The biggest one I got was $850 back at Christmas of last year. I've never won anything like that before or since either."

Enochs always buys his lotto tickets at the Circle K. He and other customers and employees are wondering who the $1 million Powerball winner might be.

On April 10th, someone bought the winning ticket at that location by matching the first five numbers, but not the Powerball. The winning numbers were: 1-36-40-52-53, and the Powerball was 20.

Powerball tickets purchased in Indiana expire 180 days from the date of the drawing, so the clock is ticking for the winner to come forward. 

Enochs says, "I think it's great, wish it was me, but somebody probably bought it, threw it up on their dash, driving around, and it's still on their dash and not knowing it and they could not be working."

Stephanie McFarland, a Hoosier Lottery Spokeswoman says, "This is an abnormality. This is not the largest ticket to go unclaimed, but it's definitely a large ticket. We just want to make sure we get the word, if you will, an APB and hopefully we'll have winner of that ticket, the owner come forward before the expiration date of October 7th."

A $5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot went unclaimed in March 2004. Somebody even missed out on a $50 million Powerball jackpot won in the Hoosier state in September of 2002.

If the money is not claimed, McFarland says, "Essentially what happens is the money goes back to the lottery and it goes to essentially cover expenses and ideally what we would like is for that money to paid out to the owner of that ticket."

Other customers say they, too, have tickets they haven't checked and are making sure they do that before the deadline.  Even if no one comes forward, the store will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The winner must present their ticket to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis by 5 p.m. on Monday.

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