---- — DES MOINES — Two Wapello County residents are among a number of Iowans winning big in the Iowa Lottery.
Steven Everly of Bloomfield was a big instant-scratch game winner in Wapello County during calendar year 2013, winning $50,000 in the Holiday Super Crossword game with a ticket purchased at Casey's in Ottumwa.
Susan Slaney of Hedrick was the county's latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $30,000 in the Hot Lotto game with a ticket purchased at D's Eldon Y Company in Agency.
Iowa Lottery players won a total of $200.8 million in prizes in fiscal year 2013, the latest complete year for which the lottery has records. However, there are a significant number of prizes that expire each year without being claimed. The lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets. In fiscal year 2013, more than $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.
Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery's prize pools for future games, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. On the lottery's website at www.ialotterycom, there is a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 or more.
Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and All or Nothing. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa's Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. The final drawing in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game occurred on Jan. 25, 2014. Prizes in that game are valid for 90 days after the drawing in which they were won. If the expiration date for a particular prize falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery's offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to claim the prize.
Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased.
Players also may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery's offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.
Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at 515-323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at 515-725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.