Mar 10, 2006, 10:46 pm
A $200,000 winning Powerball lottery ticket sold in New Mexico expired today, without anyone stepping forward to rightfully claim the prize.
That is not to say that the New Mexico Lottery did not hear from several people claiming to be holding the winning ticket.
The calls received by lottery headquarters included one person who said she was on her way.
New Mexico Lottery officials explained that this type of fraudulent claim is the key reason that most U.S. lotteries won't confirm that someone has come forward until the ticket has actually been verified.
The New Mexico Lottery claim center closed for the weekend at 4:30 without anyone having claimed the second prize Powerball ticket from December 10.
Both the Lottery claim center and many retailers across the state reported that the attention to this unclaimed prize was an incentive for players to bring in tickets from Powerball, Roadrunner Cash and other games, having them scanned and checked.
Unclaimed prizes are returned to the prize pool for future New Mexico Lottery games.
Saturday evening's Powerball jackpot is up to $62 million.
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