Back in mid-July someone walked into this Big Shot convenience store on Bissonnet Street in Houston and purchased a quick-pick lottery ticket for the Powerball jackpot.

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That ticket ended up being a winner of $1 million! It matched all five of the white ball numbers drawn (7-10-11-13-24), but not the red Powerball number (24).

It's called winning a 'second-tier' prize. Call it what you want, it still means somebody is a new millionaire...

...Or Does It?

Whoever has that ticket has yet to claim their prize. Lottery rules state that a ticket holder forfeits any claim to a prize for a draw game after the expiration of the 180th day following the draw date. Unclaimed prizes revert to the state for programs authorized by the Texas Legislature.

That 180th day will be Monday, January 15. However, that's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Texas Lottery offices will be closed. So, whoever has that $1 million ticket has until Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m. to claim their cash.

Where is That Ticket?

It may be in a drawer at someone's house, or perhaps in a compartment inside a vehicle. Let's hope someone didn't trash it all those months ago.

Hopefully, this story gets shared often. Maybe someone in the Houston area will have their memory jarred and not miss out on this life-changing event.

“We hope to celebrate the Texas Lottery player who became a $1 million prize winner in the July 19, 2023 Powerball drawing,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We encourage our Powerball players to take another look at their tickets, and if your numbers match, sign the back of the ticket before claiming your prize at a Texas Lottery claim center.”

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