Iowa authorities has worked with a Kum & Go store to track down the man who purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million. The man says he was shocked to hear the news. He says he simply never checked the ticket to see if it was a winner.
Fifty-eight-year-old Richard Watson of Belton, Missouri bought the ticket last November at a Tipton, Iowa Kum & Go store. Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says the lottery’s security division worked with Kum & Go to find Belton. He says it took several months. Thankfully, Watson still had the ticket.
Watson says the prize will allow him to make a “major life change.”
Iowa Lottery officials are reminding players to double-check their tickets, noting two winning Powerball prizes haven't been claimed months after the drawings.
Both tickets were drawn in the eastern Iowa city of Tipton. A $1 million winning ticket was purchased at a Kum & Go on November 16, 2013. The winner has until November 17th of this year to claim the prize at the lottery's Des Moines headquarters.
A $10,000 winning ticket was purchased at Family Foods on January 22, 2014. That winner has until January 22, 2015 to claim the winnings at any lottery office.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich hopes the winning tickets weren't thrown away. Unclaimed money goes to the lottery's prize pool for future games and promotions.