Someone bought a $1 million Powerball ticket in Rye, Westchester County. Just no one knows who it is — and the money will soon be out of reach.
The unknown ticket holder has until Aug. 25 to emerge; otherwise the money will go into a prize pool for future winners, the Journal News reported today.
Ralph Alfalahi, whose Playland Market sold the winning ticket, has been reminding customers to check their old stubs.
He’s even placed a sign outside his Forest Avenue deli with the lucky numbers: “1 – 6 – 7 – 20 – 49, Powerball 23.”
“I have no idea who it is,” Alfalahi said. “I wish I knew.”
It’s hard to imagine how anybody could leave $1 million on the table. But New York Lottery spokeswoman Christy Calicchia says missed winnings are far more common than you’d think.
Some players lose the ticket, put it through the wash or forget they ever bought it, says Calicchia. Some don’t realize there’s more than one drawing prize. Others lose interest when there’s no jackpot.
In just the last four months, winners statewide have failed to claim nearly $28 million in drawing-game prizes before they expired.
Last year, there were more than $65 million in expired winnings.