Clock Ticking for $1M Lottery Winner to Claim Prize

NEW YORK (AP) -

Someone is missing out on a fortune — $1 million from an unclaimed New York Lottery ticket. State gaming officials are asking the mystery winner to come forward by a Sunday deadline.

The ticket for the Aug. 25, 2012, drawing was sold at a Westchester County deli, with the winning numbers 1-6-7-20-49, Powerball 23. The deadline will be extended for one week in case someone mailed in their ticket. As long as the ticket is postmarked by Aug. 25, it’s valid. If someone were to submit the winning ticket in person on Monday, lottery officials would consider honoring it because the deadline falls on Sunday.

If no one claims the prize, the money will be returned to the lottery pool.

The highest unclaimed jackpot in New York Lottery history — $68 million — came with a ticket sold in Brooklyn in 2002. In the past four months, winners statewide have failed to claim nearly $28 million in expired prizes. in 2012, there were more than $65 million in lost winnings.