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Time running out on unclaimed $10K Powerball ticket

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BATON ROUGE - Lots of people are hoping to win big on tonight's $360 million Powerball jackpot, but someone in our area might already be a winner.

A $10,000 ticket was bought last November at the Raceway store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, and time is running out for the winner to come forward and claim the cash

Al Hindi often wonders if he sold the winning ticket.

"I think about it sometimes," he told News 2. "We're not pretty sure who won it, we don't know who it was at all."

Somebody bought a ticket worth $10,000 at the Raceway Store Al works at back in November during the big $587 million Powerball frenzy. That person has never come in to claim the cash.

"It should've been me. I would've claimed mine," says customer Cathy Fort.

She's one of thousands buying a Powerball ticket Wednesday in hopes of winning the $360 million dollar jackpot. She can't imagine not coming back to find out if she won.

"I mean it's just unbelievable... for someone to have thousands of dollars, the ticket and never claimed it?" she said.

However, these kinds of situations aren't uncommon. Louisiana Lottery officials tells News 2 an average of $10 million in winnings goes unclaimed every year.

"We had a player in Covington, who had a $50,000 prize and he didn't know it. And he was using that ticket as a bookmark," said lottery representative Kelly Spell. "He had no idea until a friend heard about the unclaimed prize. So he thought 'You know maybe I should go check that ticket.'"

Al and his coworkers are hoping this winner will do the same before it's too late.

"I feel sorry for him, whoever bought the ticket. I mean, check your pockets, check ‘em," he says.

The purchaser of that winning ticket has until May 27 to contact Louisiana Lottery officials before it expires. Unclaimed money will be funneled back into the lottery system.

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