Oct. 8, 2013 – The $108 million Powerball jackpot value for tonight’s drawing is bound to attract players, and while odds are good the jackpot will continue to grow, odds also favor several people striking it rich tonight.
That’s because any player who matches all five white balls becomes an instant millionaire with Powerball, and that’s exactly what happened for one Indiana player six months ago.
Unfortunately, that millionaire is… well, not. The Indiana Powerball ticket that matched all five white balls from the April 10 Powerball drawing expired Monday at 5 p.m., and the $1 million prize won’t be presented to a lucky player on an enormous check.
It will however, be presented to three very lucky benefactors of the Hoosier Lottery – Indiana firefighters, teachers, and any Hoosiers who own a car. A state law says the prize should go towards pension funds for state employees, as well as into a tax relief fund that should help alleviate taxes on vehicles.
Surprisingly enough, prizes go unclaimed all the time, even bigger prizes like this $1 million.
Hoosier Lottery spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland told USAToday that the Hoosier Lottery sees about $10 million a year in unclaimed prizes, which all goes back into the state’s coffers.
Often, people who realize they haven’t matched the red Powerball know they don’t have a jackpot winner on their hands, so they don’t check to see if they might have a claim to another prize.
As jackpot frenzy gets going again, be sure to familiarize yourself with the nine ways to win on Powerball. Just because you didn’t hit the jackpot doesn’t mean all is lost – you might just have a million dollars on your hands.