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$25 Million Powerball Jackpot Unclaimed

12 March 2003

INDIANA – As reported by the (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal: "A winning Powerball ticket worth $25 million, purchased in Indianapolis before the drawing last Sept. 14, has to be claimed by tomorrow or the jackpot will be lost forever.

"…Joe Mahoney, a spokesman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Des Moines, Iowa, organization that runs Powerball, said the jackpot is the only one to go unclaimed nationally since the game began in 1992.

"…Mahoney and two other lottery industry experts said yesterday that there apparently has never been a larger jackpot to go unclaimed -- at least not in the United States.

"…Two tickets sold on Sept. 14 -- one in Indiana and the other in Pennsylvania -- matched the winning numbers and split the prize. The Pennsylvania winner, Edward Varley of Hatfield, claimed his share of the roughly $103 million jackpot -- taking the cash option.

"…If the ticket-buyer doesn't turn up, the $25 million will be returned to each of the states that participate in Powerball, with the amount determined by sales for the Sept. 14 drawing.

"…The winning numbers are 5, 14, 26, 31, 40 and Powerball 29. The ticket was purchased at the Crystal Flash store on South Girls School Road in Indianapolis…"

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