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Missouri man wins Iowa’s long-unclaimed million-dollar lottery prize

Six months after he bought the winning ticket in Iowa, a Missouri man has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize.

Six months after he bought the winning ticket in Iowa, a Missouri man has officially claimed a $1 million Powerball prize.

Richard Watson, 58, of Belton, Missouri claimed his winnings Monday, May 19, 2014 at the lottery headquarters in Des Moines.  The Kum & Go store at 2050 Iowa Highway 38 sold the $1 million Powerball ticket November 16, 2013.  The ticket matched the first five numbers – 10, 29, 37, 44 and 59 – but did not match the Powerball 10.

Iowa Lottery’s Security Division routinely gathers details about tickets that win large prizes according to Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich.  Their investigators got enough information from the Kum & Go to help them find Watson, and they got someone from Watson’s bank to let him know lottery officials wanted to speak to him.

Watson said he bought the ticket when he stopped to get gas for his car.

“I travel for work and I have a bundle of lottery tickets that I was planning on going through, but I hadn’t yet,” Watson said. “And I received a call that I thought was a scam, but it turned out it wasn’t.”

Watson said recent online media coverage of unclaimed lottery prizes, from tickets bought in Tipton, helped him determine he had really won.

Watson said he lives with his elderly parents, and that he planned to use the money to move his family to their hometown in Las Vegas.

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Other stores in Iowa have also sold tickets for which prizes are unclaimed, including a $10,000 winner not yet claimed from a ticket bought in Davenport.  Check that list by clicking here.