HUTCHINSON — In wintry Kansas, there are some cool cucumbers.
The Powerball drawing on Oct. 10 showed one ticket purchased in northeast Kansas was a $1 million winner. The ticket had five white balls — but not the Powerball or the Power Play numbers — correct.
No one has submitted the ticket, and the $1 million Powerball prize remains on the unclaimed list with the Kansas Lottery. But someone, apparently, is waiting for a happy new year.
“We have actually heard from the people. They have just decided to wait until next year to claim it. It’s their prerogative. They have a whole year to claim it. The ticket, as far as we know, is not floating around anywhere,” said Sally Lunsford, director of public affairs for the Kansas Lottery. “For whatever reason, they would rather claim it next year,” she said.
The winnings, after 24 percent in federal taxes and 5 percent in state taxes are applied, will amount to approximately $710,000 paid in one lump sum. The retailer will receive $1,000, but the location of the northeast Kansas retailer who sold the winning ticket is not known yet, either.
“I can’t tell you where. We don’t know until it actually is claimed,” Lunsford said.
The Kansas Lottery’s northeast region encompasses northern Lyon County and 20 other counties: Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Atchison, Geary, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Osage, Douglas, Franklin, Miami, and Morris.
In January 2013, a Powerball ticket sold in southwest Kansas was worth $1 million. After 365 days passed, the opportunity to claim the winnings ended. The money stayed in the prize fund to use for other prizes.
“We have never heard from anybody who thought they had the ticket,” Lunsford said.