The unclaimed Mega Millions $1 million prize in Iowa must be claimed within two weeks or it will be added to the state’s lottery fund. To be more precise, the money from Iowa lottery winnings that go unclaimed is added to the prize pools for future games and promotions.
According to USA Today’s article, the unclaimed Mega Millions dollar ticket for the drawing on September 6, 2022, was purchased at Gateway Express on University Boulevard in Ames. The first five white ball numbers on the ticket were correct—6, 17, 46, 59, and 68—but the Mega Ball 2, which was required to take home the $191 million jackpot at the time, were not.
According to the Iowa Lottery, players have 365 days from the draw date to claim their Mega Millions, Powerball, Lucky for Life, and Lotto America winnings for draws that take place on or before April 22, 2023. It’s important to remember that the unclaimed Mega millions dollar prize will be gone on September 6, 2023.
Every year, $1 million to $2 million worth of unclaimed mega millions lottery prizes in the state of Iowa, according to Mary Neubauer, vice president of external relations at the Iowa Lottery, go unclaimed. Additionally, there are over 70 prizes worth $1,000 or more that belong to Iowa residents but have not yet been claimed.
Also soon to expire are two Powerball prizes, each worth $150,000. One of the winning tickets, which will expire in October, was purchased at Floyd Food & Fuel on Floyd Boulevard in Sioux City. The other, which was bought at the Hy-Vee C-Store in Sheldon on Park Street, will run out in November.
Based on the article published by People, any of the Lottery’s offices in Clive, Storm Lake, Mason City, or Cedar Rapids are where lottery winners can pick up their unclaimed mega millions prize. Only at the Lottery’s Clive headquarters can you make a claim on the $1 million Mega Millions ticket purchased in Ames.
You have 90 days from the draw date to claim your unclaimed mega millions prize if you win one of the Pick 3, Pick 4, or InstaPlay games offered by the Iowa Lottery. However, you have until the end of business on the following business day to claim your prize if the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when Lottery offices are closed.