Sunday March 23 2014 â€“ Last nightâ€™s Powerball jackpot was won by one lucky Missourian who is soon to be $96.5 million richer after matching all six numbers from the main draw. The jackpot, which is the sixth largest prize ever won in Missouri, came as a result of five consecutive Powerball draws without a top prize winner.
Missouri Lottery have not yet released the location of the store at which the ticket was purchased but the storeâ€™s owner is set to receive a retailer bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. While the winner has had less than a day to come forward, May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, did say; â€œWe want the winner to take his or her time in getting the proper legal and financial advice before they come to our Jefferson City office. It is also wise to tell as few people as possible at first, so you have uninterrupted time to make important decisions and arrangements.â€
Lottery winners in Missouri have 180 days to claim a prize and while thereâ€™s certainly no immediate rush for last nightâ€™s big winner to come forward, itâ€™s worth remembering that hundreds of millions of dollars in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year. Gaming officials estimate that each year approximately $800 million worth of lottery prizes are not collected, representing about 2% of total prize money awarded.
Currently, a $1.15 million Missouri Lotto prize is outstanding and has been for over a month. The prize was won in the Lotto drawing held on February 15 and is due to expire in August. The winner from last nightâ€™s draw has until September 18 2014 to cash their winning ticket and LotteryWorld urges all players to keep their tickets safe and check them thoroughly before discarding.
If you have yet to check your tickets from last nightâ€™s draw, we advise you do so immediately, particularly if you purchased your ticket in Missouri as, in addition to the jackpot winner, a winning Match Five ticket worth $1 million was also sold in the state.
The winning numbers from last nightâ€™s drawing were 13-28-31-55-58 with the Powerball number 15.
Further information on Powerball can be found on Lottery.net.