A $100,000 POWERBALL ticket that has gone unclaimed for almost a year expires within a few weeks.
The lottery ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Aurora, Illinois, about an hour west of Chicago.
With a drawing date of November 8, 2022, the winner will have less than two months to claim the prize.
According to the Illinois Lottery, the winner must claim their prize within one year of the drawing.
Most recently, another Powerball ticket with a prize of $100,000 went unclaimed.
The ticket was purchased at a Road Ranger convenience store in Loves Park, about an hour and a half west of Chicago.
Only six days have passed since the drawing, so the ticket holder still has plenty of time to claim their prize.
So what happens to Illinois lottery winnings that go unclaimed after a year?
Illinois Lottery officials will donate the money to the state’s public school system.
“Any unclaimed prize money not included in the prize pool of a special drawing will be transferred to the Common School Fund,” Illinois lottery law states, according to Iowa radio station KBEA-FM.
The Common School Fund helps children in orphanages receive tuition, provides grants for summer school, assists public schools with costs such as taxes, and supports teachers in their retirement.
Illinois isn’t the only state whose lottery supports public schools.
When Edwin Castro of California won the largest Powerball jackpot ever in February, a whopping $2.04 billion, he praised the state lottery for supporting its schools.
“As much as I am shocked and thrilled to have won the Powerball drawing, the real winner is the California public school system,” a Castro representative said.
“The California Lottery’s mission to provide additional funding for public education in California, both public schools and colleges, makes this a great win for the state.”
“As someone who has received the rewards of an education in California’s public education system, it is gratifying to hear that my victory will also greatly benefit the California school system.”