New York lottery officials search for missing Powerball millionaire

Powerball players from New York should really look through every drawer they have because there’s an $1 million winning ticket out there that’s about to expire.

Almost a year passed since the mystery winner of the $1 million Powerball prize purchased his ticket at a convenience store in Nanuet, Rockland County. New York lottery officials are still hoping they’ll locate the cash champion before the ticket expires on December 11, one year after it was purchased.

“Maybe someone forgot they purchased a ticket or they simply discounted it because it wasn’t a jackpot winner. Either way, $1 million is life-changing money, and we want to help find these winners before it’s too late,” said Yolanda Vega from the New York Lottery.

There were seven second-place winners that day, and one of them purchased their golden ticket at the Quick Mart located on North Middletown Road. The winning numbers were 1, 10, 13, 18 and 19 with a Powerball number 27. There are currently 13 other “missing millionaires” in the New York City area including one $1 million Powerball ticket sold at the Star Wines and Liquors in Monroe on January 5. In 2013, there were three unclaimed Powerball tickets sold in the city — two in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx. The two Brooklyn tickets were sold four days apart last May. Lucky winners have up to a year to claim the prize, and if they don’t do so unclaimed tickets are funneled back into the New York lottery for future prizes.