A lucky winner managed to defy the odds and walked out of a richer $ 50,000 Phoenix grocery store Monday night.
The winning ticket was sold at a Fry’s Food and Drug Store located at 4724 N. 20th St. The winner found four of five numbers and the Powerball number.
The winning numbers for Monday were: 21, 22, 39, 44, 60 with Powerball number 12.
However, according to Arizona Lottery spokesman John Gilliland, the Powerball jackpot will continue to roll until Wednesday’s draw because no one has hit the jackpot anywhere in the country.
“Someone could win tomorrow, and that would be super exciting,” he said on Tuesday.
The jackpot is estimated at $ 570 million with a cash value of $ 410.1 million, making it the eighth-biggest in the history of the game Powerball.
The prize is the highest since January, when the jackpot was won in Maryland to the tune of $ 731 million in addition to a $ 1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in Michigan.
The world of unclaimed prizes
While most winners claim their prizes, few go unclaimed. Right now, there are around seven unclaimed rewards totaling up to $ 1.2 million, according to the Arizona Lottery website.
Prices range between $ 10,000 and $ 1 million, the website said.
But the biggest prize ever claimed was a $ 14.6 million Pick jackpot that expired in December 2019, Gilliland said.
But where does the money go?
According to Gilliland, 30 percent of that money goes to court-appointed special advocates, who work with abused and neglected children; $ 250,000 goes to double tribe registration; and $ 1 million goes to the Victims’ Rights Fund and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
If there is any money left, it goes into the prizes for the new games and the second chance draws because “it’s really player money,” he said.
Tips for lottery players
While jackpot prizes can be life changing, small prizes are life changing too, he said.
But when claiming your prize, make sure you do it the way that’s most convenient for you, whether that is by bringing in a lawyer or a financial advisor. And don’t forget to have fun.
“The fun of the lottery is as much in the game as it is in winning. When you play, everyone wins,” he said.
The winners have 180 days after the draw to claim their prize.
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