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Clock runs out on $77 million winning lottery ticket

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:05 PM EST, Tue December 27, 2011
Someone out there had 24-30-45-57-59 and a Powerball of 26 -- but never claimed his or her $77 million. Now it's too late.
Someone out there had 24-30-45-57-59 and a Powerball of 26 -- but never claimed his or her $77 million. Now it's too late.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Winning Powerball ticket expired Monday, and $77 million goes back into the pot
  • It was sold at a business in Tallapoosa, Georgia, near the Alabama border

(CNN) -- One hundred and eighty days apparently wasn't enough time for the buyer of a winning $77 million lottery ticket to come forward.

That's if the (un)lucky buyer still has it.

The Powerball ticket from a June 29 drawing was not turned in by Monday's deadline, said J.B. Landroche, spokesman for the Georgia Lottery.

Winning numbers from the drawing were: 24-30-45-57-59. The Powerball was 26, according to the lottery.

Not that it matters now.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Pilot Travel Center in Tallapoosa, Georgia, near the Alabama line.

Lottery winners: We'll give away $1 million

Unclaimed Powerball jackpot prize funds are returned proportionately to each participating state based on that state's sales for the particular drawing, officials said. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands participate in Powerball.

In Georgia, unclaimed prize funds go back into the prize pool to be used for future game prizes, special prize promotions and ultimately are paid out to players. The lottery in Georgia benefits education.

CNN's Ashley Corum contributed to this report.

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