Time running out to claim winning Powerball lottery ticket sold in Bluffton

gmartin@islandpacket.comJuly 3, 2012 

Did you buy a Powerball ticket in Bluffton in January? Better check your stub.

Time is running out to claim a $10,000 prize for a state Education Lottery ticket sold at the Bluffton Market on May River Road for the Jan. 11 drawing.

The winning ticket must be claimed at the Columbia Claims Center before 4:45 p.m. Monday. Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the money, or the prizes expire.

The ticket matched four of the five white-ball numbers and the red Powerball number; the drawing was 5-19-29-45-47, and the Powerball was 25.

If the ticket, which cost $2, remains unclaimed, the $10,000 will be deposited in the Education Lottery account to support educational programs in South Carolina.

It wouldn't be the first time a winning ticket has not been claimed, according to lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong.

"It happens more often than you think," she said. "People buy tickets and then forget about them or misplace them."

She said about $14 million in winnings went unclaimed last year. Several years ago, a ticket worth $800,000 wasn't claimed.

The $10,000 prize is the third-highest amount that can be won playing Powerball, Armstrong said. The odds of winning that amount are about one in 648,000.

For complete information on claiming prizes, go to www.sceducationlottery.com.

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