(PIERRE) - The holiday season could be a little merrier for the lucky players who are holding the winning tickets for two unclaimed $10,000 lotto prizes.
The South Dakota Lottery is waiting for the two winners to step forward, and time is getting short to claim the first of the two prizes.
A Hot Lotto ticket worth $10,000 is set to expire Nov. 16. The ticket, sold in Clear Lake, matched all five regular balls but not the Hot Ball in the May 20, 2009 drawing. The winning numbers were 10, 16, 17, 25 and 28 and the Hot Ball was 2.
The second $10,000 ticket, sold in Castlewood, expires on Dec. 31. The Powerball ticket matched four of the five white balls and the red Powerball in the July 4, 2009 drawing. The winning numbers were 4, 9, 22, 41 and 44. The Powerball was 14 and Power Play was 3.
Lottery executive director Norm Lingle advises players who may have purchased tickets in those areas to bring in any unchecked tickets before the deadlines.
"It's sometimes easy to forget that you have a lotto ticket stashed away in your wallet or around the house. Now is the time to bring that ticket in to your local lotto retailer and get it checked to see if it's a winner. You might be holding on to a $10,000 winning ticket and not even realize it," Lingle said. "If you are one of the lucky ticket holders, you should sign the back of the ticket as soon as you find it and bring it in to your nearest lottery office before it expires."
Lotto prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing and can be claimed at any of the three Lottery offices which are located in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. If the prizes go unclaimed, state law requires the money to go back to players by funding prizes in subsequent lottery games.