Kansas Lottery officials are urging residents to check their pockets, dashboards and bags to see if they're holding a Powerball ticket from January worth $1 million. But hurry, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, the clock is ticking.
Lottery spokeswoman Sally Lunsford said the winning ticket was sold somewhere in southwest Kansas. If the prize isn't claimed by Jan. 27, 2014, the money will go back into the fund the lottery uses to pay out prizes.
Lunsford said it is unusual for the lottery to still be holding the winnings for such a large prize, though frequently there are several unclaimed $10,000 or more prizes for which people are slow to call dibs.
Recently, a winner brought in a $10,000 ticket as deadline approached.
"I asked why he waited and he said he thought he might win something else and wanted to hold out," she said. "Sometimes tickets do get misplaced."
The winning Powerball ticket was sold for the Jan. 26, 2013, drawing. The winning numbers are 3-22-26-41-49 with the Powerball of 18. To claim the $1 million, the ticket must match the first five numbers drawn but not the Powerball number.
Lunsford said the winner has an extra day to claim the prize because the 365-day deadline falls on a Sunday when offices are closed.
Lottery sales are about 2 percent higher this year than in 2012, she said, attributed to recent large jackpots for multistate games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
Proceeds from Kansas Lottery sales are earmarked for state economic development initiatives, juvenile detention facilities, the correctional institution building fund and the state general fund.