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Powerball ticket bought in Albemarle Co. will expire unless redeemed

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 5:32 PM EDT
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Starting checking your lottery tickets! A Powerball ticket bought at Fas Mart on Rolkin Road back on November 1, 2021, is worth $50,000, but the clock is ticking.

“At 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2nd, that turns into a worthless piece of paper,” Virginia Lottery Spokesperson John Hagerty said.

By state law, lottery tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.

“There is a ticket, it’s got to be somewhere. Is it in the trash? Did somebody throw it away? Is it in the bottom of somebody’s purse or in a glove compartment somewhere?” Hagerty said.

When the deadline passes, that money gets donated.

“Unclaimed prizes in Virginia go to the state’s literary fund, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades. So unclaimed prizes do benefit education in Virginia,” Hagerty said.

Many ticket buyers miss out on their chance to take home the prize.

“Last year, more than $10 million in prizes went unclaimed in Virginia. Now, the majority of that is the smaller prizes - $2, $3, $5 that sort of thing. It does add up, but it’s not unusual for very large prizes to go unclaimed,” Hagerty said.

Those winning numbers on November 1 were 9, 25, 34, 45 with a Powerball number of 8. The ticket sold in Albemarle County matched four of the five first numbers and the Powerball.

If you find the winning ticket, call the Virginia lottery office here.

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