BATON ROUGE, La.- Time's running out for somebody who has a $10,000.00 Powerball ticket and apparently has no idea.
Lottery administrators say no one's come forward to claim the cash they won back on April 24.
The mystery winner bought the Powerball ticket at a Purple Cow Convenience store in Slidell.
The money has to be claimed by October 21st, 2013, or it rolls over into the pot for future payouts.
The winning ticket matched four of the five whiteball numbers drawn and the red Powerball number. The winning numbers for the April 24 drawing were 09 – 19 – 31 – 56 – 59 and the Powerball number was 02.
The holder of the winning ticket has until 5 p.m. on the date of expiration to claim the prize, subject to the Lottery's hours of operation. Winnings are subject to applicable federal and state tax withholdings. Prizes greater than $600 may be claimed at any of the Lottery's five regional offices located throughout the state or at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.
"We look forward to the winner coming forward to claim this prize. In the meantime, the individual should treat the ticket as cash," said Lottery President Rose Hudson. "It is also a good idea to sign the back of the ticket for security purposes."
Winners of the Lottery's draw-style games must claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing.
The Lottery encourages responsible play and urges anyone or friends of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help.
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