Man claims $500,000 Powerball prize day before it was set to expire

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SOUTH DENNIS, Mass. (WFLA) — A Massachusetts man claimed his $500,000 lottery winnings one day before it was set to expire.

Leonard Thomas won the Powerball draw on August 19, 2020, but was completely unaware of his riches.

“I heard about a Powerball ticket expiring on the radio and then my nephew told me,” he said. “I play at that store and have a plastic sleeve that I keep my tickets in.  When I heard about the expiring ticket, I looked through the tickets in the sleeve and found a Powerball ticket from August 19, 2020.  I had it scanned at a convenience store and the clerk indicated that I had to go to the Lottery to claim the prize.”

Thomas took his dog Mariah to claim his prize at the Mass Lottery headquarters and says he plans on using the winnings to buy a small house or year-round cottage.

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