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Iowa Lottery Official Sheds Light on Possible Scenario

By Ellis Codjoe, November 16, 2018

The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in South Carolina has still not stepped forward to claim their prize.

What happens if no one acquires this substantial purse? Every state that contributed to Mega Millions gets their share of the prize money back.  There are currently 44 states that are Mega Millions members, including Iowa. Each state will have their contribution returned. The more tickets they sold, the larger their share.

What is done with their portion is entirely up to each individual state. To understand what Iowa would do in such a situation, Ottumwa Radio News talked with the Iowa Lottery’s Mary Neubauer, Vice President of External Relations.

“Under Iowa law, that money would go back into the lottery prize pool,” Neubauer said. “It’s only fair that players win that money since players built that purse.”

Neubauer indicated that the Iowa Lottery would do something special with the money, perhaps an event similar to the “Mystery Millionaire” promotion that was conducted in 2012. That contest was made possible because of unclaimed winning lottery tickets. A retired police officer from Des Moines won the million dollar grand prize.

The unknown winner in South Carolina still has until April 21, 2019 to collect the prize.

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