INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A winning lottery ticket worth $2.5 million purchased in Indianapolis has expired without anyone cashing it in, authorities say.
The Hoosier Lotto ticket -- bought at the Southport Road Meijer store for the drawing Aug. 19, 2009 -- won for somebody, but reached its 180-day deadline for cash-in at 5 p.m. Friday without that somebody coming forth, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported Saturday.
Meijer customer Melanie Steiner had a theory what happened.
"I think it could be somebody with short-term memory loss," she speculated. "Or somebody with a lot of kids, and it got lost in the parking lot."
Another customer was sympathetic.
"It's sad for somebody. Well, for all of us, really. If somebody gets a winner we like to see 'em cash it in," said Charlie Cress.
Dozens of people have asked the manager of the store about the existence of a surveillance tape to help figure out who might have bought the golden ticket, but the manager said it wouldn't matter because one needs possession of the ticket to have claimed the prize, WISH said.
This is the third multimillion dollar ticket to go unclaimed in the 20-year history of the Indiana state lottery. The money will go into an unclaimed prize fund used for future promotions and games.