Check Your Tickets! $1 Million Winning Iowa Lottery Prize Still Not Claimed
Apparently, people in Iowa have so much money, that when they win $1 million from the Iowa Lottery they don't care if they claim it or not. It has been 3 months since someone in Iowa won a $1 million prize and they haven't claimed it. Luckily, they have 9 months to claim it, but statistics show that the prize most likely won't get claimed after a certain amount of time.
On Monday, the Iowa Lottery wanted to remind everyone that a $1 million Mega Millions prize remains unclaimed. The winning ticket was sold in Ames and it's almost been three months since the ticket became a winner. With that being said, the Iowa Lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets.
The $1 million-winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at Gateway Expresse, 2400 University Blvd. in Ames, for the game’s drawing on September 6. It was the only ticket in the country that night to match the five white balls but miss the yellow Mega Ball to win at the game’s second prize level.
Even though the ticket was sold in Ames, the winner could be in the Quad Cities. On June 14th, we told you about a Rryan Claussen of Eldridge who won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket while on a road trip with his dad. He bought that winning ticket at Casey's (1800 S. B Ave.) in Nevada.
The winner or winners of the $1 million prize have until the close of business on September 6, 2023, to claim it at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.
The winning numbers in the Sept. 6 drawing were: 6-17-46-59-68 and Mega Ball 2. The Megaplier number was 4.
Gateway Expresse received a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket.
Eight Unclaimed Large Prizes
Besides the $1 million ticket, 8 other prizes ranging from $10,000 up to $250,000 also are unclaimed in Iowa. Here are details about the eight other sizeable lottery prizes in Iowa that also are unclaimed (listed by prize amount):
Oct. 15, 2022
Murphy USA, Cedar Rapids
Oct. 16, 2023
Oct. 29, 2022
Floyd Food & Fuel, Sioux City
Oct. 30, 2023
Nov. 5, 2022
Hy-Vee C-Store, Sheldon
Nov. 6, 2023
Nov. 7, 2022
Nov. 7, 2023
Nov. 5, 2022
K&Js Hop N Shop, Sabula
Nov. 6, 2023
May 6, 2023
Gas & Goodies, Libertyville
May 8, 2023
July 26, 2022
Kum & Go, Marion
July 26, 2023
Super 7s InstaPlay
Dec. 3, 2022
Haddy's, Center Point
March 3, 2023
People in Iowa apparently don't like to claim free money. The Iowa Lottery says that in the last fiscal year (FY 2022), more than $1.5 million in lotto and InstaPlay prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.
Time Appears To Be A Factor
The Iowa Lottery says they reviewed plays from a sampling of recent lotto drawings and found that the vast majority of prize claims occurred within six months of the drawing date. Less than 3 percent of prizes from those drawings were claimed after that point. The Iowa Lottery will continue to review how it can best encourage and remind players to claim their prizes.
What Happens To Unclaimed Money?
The money from lottery prizes that expire in Iowa without being claimed goes into the lottery's prize pools for future games and promotions, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those prizes that have expired.
How Long Do People Have To Claim A Prize?
Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Lucky for Life and Powerball, and up to 90 days from the date of purchase to claim prizes in InstaPlay games. However, if the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery’s offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to turn in the ticket.
The lottery currently offers prize claims by appointment at its offices. Full details are available on the lottery’s website here.