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$1M Unclaimed lottery prize remains in Wheeling

Updated: Thursday, May 1 2014, 05:53 PM EDT

By:Crissy Clutter and NEWS9

WHEELING, W.Va.--


West Virginia lottery officials are trying to solve a mystery -- who holds a $1 million ticket that has gone unclaimed since the Feb. 12 drawing.

Donald Lutz, of Martins Ferry, said he checked his ticket right away when he heard there was a local winner.

“It's hard to believe no one has claimed the prize,” said Lutz. “I have six children and 22 grandchildren, so I’d use it.”

The ticket was sold at the Marathon gas station and Firehouse Drive-thru on Wheeling Island.

In West Virginia, winners have up to six months to claim their fortune before that prize is forfeited.

The deadline will come and go in just 101 days.

Randy Burnside, a spokesperson for the West Virginia Lottery, said he’s seen it happen before.

“A little over a year ago we had a ticket expire that was sold in Beckley and that went unclaimed, so it does occur, but it's really rare,’ said Burnside.

Officials say nationwide about 2 percent of lottery prizes remain unclaimed.

“If they do not claim it that money goes into our unclaimed prize fund which we use to fund prizes for other games so it will get returned to players in the form of prizes anyway,” said Burnside.

The winning numbers from the Feb. 12 drawing are: 36, 44, 49, 52 and 57, and the Powerball number is 1.

Burnside says to contact lottery officials in Charleston if you have the winning ticket.

$1M Unclaimed lottery prize remains in Wheeling


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