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May 16, 2014

$27.5 million lotto ticket still unclaimed

Winning ticket in Saturday's drawing was purchased at Marsh

Somebody out there has a serious chunk of change coming their way, but who it is remains a mystery.

No one has stepped forward yet to claim a $27.5 million jackpot after purchasing a winning Hoosier Lotto ticket for Saturday’s drawing at Marsh Supermarket at 208 Southway Blvd.

The winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing are: 9-16-34-37-45-46.

There’s still plenty of time to pick up the loot, though. Hoosier Lotto winners have 180 days after purchasing a ticket to claim the money.

Large, unclaimed prizes don’t happen too frequently, said Hoosier Lottery spokesperson Stephanie McFarland. But, you never know.

Back in October, a $1 million ticket purchased along I-65 in southern Indiana never got claimed, despite the Hoosier Lottery’s persistent efforts to find the winner.

McFarland said after so much time passes, lottery officials essentially launch a media campaign, sending out press releases and news alerts, to track down prize winners.

“We do everything we can to find the winner before the time expires,” she said.

Those efforts paid off in 2010, when an Indianapolis couple ended up claiming a $2.5 million Hoosier Lotto ticket just three days before it expired.

The couple said the ticket had been sitting on a desk for nearly six months when they saw a news story about the looming deadline on the unclaimed money.

McFarland said that was the closest anyone has ever come to losing their winnings.

The current unclaimed $27.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot had been growing since October 2013, when Richard McMurry of Bloomington snagged a $3.5 million jackpot.

In November 2007, retired East Chicago steelworker Peter Gilbert claimed the game’s biggest jackpot ever — a $54 million prize.

McFarland said if the prize money is never claimed, the cash will go back into the Hoosier Lottery pool from which future prize money and special awards are paid out.

All Hoosier Lotto ticketholders are encouraged to check their tickets carefully. After all, somebody out there is holding a ticket that matches all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing, and it’s worth $27.5 million, McFarland said.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.



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