July 19, 2023 Powerball Ticket Unclaimed; Kentucky Lottery Returns $1 Million To Education

January 16, 2024 | Lottery News

Louisville, KY (January 15, 2024) — The Kentucky Lottery is returning $1 million to education after a July 19, 2023, Powerball ticket went unclaimed.

With the mission of the Kentucky Lottery to fund college scholarships and grants, it will transfer $1 million to Kentucky’s Unclaimed Prize Fund, which lawmakers designated to support the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).

The $1 million Powerball ticket for the July 19, 2023, drawing was sold at Pilot Travel Center #50, 489 Pendleton Road, in Pendleton, Kentucky, located in Henry County.

The unclaimed ticket officially expired Jan. 15; however, with lottery headquarters observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the holder of the July 19 winning ticket needed to bring it to the Kentucky Lottery Corporate office in Louisville before 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.

The unclaimed ticket matched the first five white balls – 7-10-11-13-24 – earning them the secondary prize of $1 million. The owner failed to match the Powerball – 24 – during the July 19 drawing.

“For more than six months, the Kentucky Lottery has waited for the owner of this $1 million Powerball ticket to come forward,” said Kentucky Lottery President Mary Harville. “Unfortunately, the ticket was never claimed, but there is a silver lining at the end of the day – we will be returning $1 million to education to further our mission to fund college scholarships and grants for Kentucky students and their families.”

In 2023, the Kentucky Lottery paid out more than $1.4 billion in prizes. Since 1989, proceeds from Kentucky Lottery tickets have raised $6.8 billion for good causes. Since 1999, $4.8 billion in Kentucky Lottery proceeds have gone to grants and scholarship programs to help defray Kentuckians’ college educational costs.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

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