NASHVILLE - Just three days remain in the life of an $800,000 Powerball ticket sold last December in Memphis. As with all of the Tennessee Lottery’s numbers-pick games, players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. Since the ticket was purchased for the Dec. 10, 2005 drawing, the ticket expires this Friday.
The Lottery encourages players who purchased a ticket for that drawing to check their pockets, keepsake boxes … mattresses… to be sure their ticket isn’t this one, which contained all five white ball numbers: 03-21-34-42-45 Powerball 39. And, since the ticket was purchased using the Power Play option, the $200,000 prize for matching all five of the white balls was multiplied by four (the multiplier chosen for that drawing)!
As with all Powerball prizes of $99,999 and above, the ticket must be verified and claimed at the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters.
Currently, state law requires that once prizes are officially unclaimed, half of the money goes to after-school programs; the other half will be used to offset future prize expenses. However, once new legislation takes effect, unclaimed prize money of up to $18 million will be used for after-school programs.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004. As of March 31, 2006, the Lottery has raised more than $567 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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