(PIERRE) - The South Dakota Ltotery has prize money waiting for two lotto winners who purchased tickets in November of 2009, and time is running out to claim it.
A Wild Card 2 ticket worth $5,000 is set to expire May 3, 2010. The ticket, sold in Rapid City, matched all five regular balls but not the Wild Card in the Nov. 4, 2009 drawing. The winning numbers were 6, 11, 13, 27, and 29; the Wild Card was the Ace of Diamonds.
A $10,000 Powerball ticket sold in Spearfish will expire May 17, 2010. The ticket matched four of the five white balls and the red Powerball in the Nov. 28, 2009 drawing. The winning numbers were 32, 42, 50, 58, and 59. The Powerball was 31 and Power Play was 4.
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," 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.