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Major update on unclaimed Powerball jackpot after warning to check lottery tickets and twist in Mega Millions $494m win

A WINNING Powerball lottery ticket with a $50,000 prize has gone unclaimed and is now expired, said lottery officials.

A ticket sold for the April 18 Powerball drawing in Northwest Indiana wasn’t turned in for payment that the Indianapolis lottery headquarters before the 180-day deadline.

A winning Powerball ticket worth $50,000 has gone unclaimed past the expiration date, said officials

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A winning Powerball ticket worth $50,000 has gone unclaimed past the expiration date, said officialsCredit: Getty

The ticket matched four of the five winning numbers: 8-33-55-59-62 and the Powerball, 18.

It was enough to earn the third-highest prize in the game.

However, as of Monday, the money will not be going home with the ticket owner and will remain in the prize pool for future payments for other winners, said Hoosier Lottery spokesman Jason Mueller.

The chances of winning a $50,000 Powerball prize is one in 913,129 and the chances of winning any Powerball prize, in general, is about one in 25.

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Mueller is urging all players to carefully check their tickets and compare them to the winning numbers before tossing them in the trash.

Meanwhile, a winning ticket for a $494million jackpot was sold in Fort Meyers, Florida, an area battered by Hurricane Ian, said officials.

Officials say the jackpot was the eleventh largest in the game’s history.

Fort Meyers was heavily devastated by Hurricane Ian after the Category 4 storm hit the west coast of the state, destroying homes and businesses in its wake.

Local officials reported that at least 127 people have died within the state.

People who purchased tickets are being urged by the Florida Lottery to check them.

The winning ticket is the first Mega Millions jackpot win since two people won $1.337billion in Illinois on July 29, said officials.

The winning numbers were 9-22-26-41-44 with the gold Mega Ball 19.

The Mega Millions jackpot will reset to $20million for its next drawing on Tuesday at 11pm.

Meanwhile, a nearly $500million MegaMillions ticket was purchased in a Hurricane-battered area of Florida

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Meanwhile, a nearly $500million MegaMillions ticket was purchased in a Hurricane-battered area of FloridaCredit: Getty

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