$10,000 lottery ticket unclaimed

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By Linda Ireland

 Lincoln General Store on Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, sold a winning lottery ticket during its grand opening in July.

The $10,000 winner of the Decades for Dollars drawing has not stepped forward.

Regina McDowell, who co-owns Lincoln General with her husband Gary, said the Kentucky Lottery has confirmed the winning ticket was sold from their store. But, they don’t know the name of the person who bought it.

If the money is unclaimed, the prize will go to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship reserve fund, according to the Lottery’s website. Since 2003, nearly $84 million in unclaimed prizes has gone to this fund.

Prizes can be claimed up to 180 days after the date of the drawing for numbers games. After 90 days, game tickets that have won more than $50 must be claimed at a Kentucky Lottery office.

Decades for Dollars is a $2 game picking six numbers, 1-47, or computer-generated.

“It could be in someone’s pocket or in the bottom of their purse,” said McDowell. “Hopefully, since it was during our grand opening, they’ll recall coming in.”