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IA Lottery Seeking 2 Big Tipton Winners

TIPTON, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A small corridor city is six months away from being home to one of the largest unclaimed lottery prizes in Iowa history. That million dollar prize isn't the only large Powerball jackpot awaiting its winner.  There is actually a second, $10,000 prize waiting for someone to step up with the winning ticket.

 "It's really exciting to know that we helped change somebody's life," John Banker, the General Manger at the Kum & Go off of Highway 38 in Tipton said. An employee at Banker's store sold the million dollar ticket. That was on November 16th of 2013.

"Hopefully it was a regular and hopefully they come in soon and claim it," Banker said.

Yet, the location of Banker's Kum & Go is right off of the highway, meaning that the ticket could have been purchased by anybody from anywhere.

Yet, the Iowa Lottery maintains that having two large prizes in such close proximity, is really an anomaly.

"A little community, 3,200 people, it's really unusual for a community to have one unclaimed prize, and this spot has two!" Mary Neubauer, the Iowa Lottery spokesperson said.

About six miles from the gas station, Abbie Oppedahl is hoping another winner will soon claim their prize at the Family Foods store where she works.

 "I was actually really excited to hear someone had won $10,000, cause that doesn't happen very often," Oppedahl said.

In the past 14 years, there have been four winners who have taken home prizes of at least $10,000. Diane Lemburg and Jamie Ferrell took home $10,000. Michael Clark won $100,000 and Rex Anderson took home $33,000.

Herbert Bain, who has lived just outside of Tipton for 25 years, is hoping their luck is contagious.

 "I basically buy a ticket every Wednesday and Saturday drawing," Bain said while shopping at Family Foods.

It was actually on Wednesday, January 22nd, about four months ago, when someone purchased the $10,000 ticket at Family Foods.

"I keep thinking that I might have thrown away the ticket," Bain said about the big winner.

If luck is on Bain's side and that ticket turns up, he said he would spend the money on his wife. He's spent 25 years with her, and proudly pulled her wedding picture out of his wallet to show CBS2/FOX28.

 "I think I'd use it for my wife, maybe a trip around the United States," Bain said.

Maybe if Tipton's  welcome sign which reads, "Where Dreams Happen,"  is any indication, Bain's dream could be within his grasp.

The Iowa Lottery did receive an inquiry into the $1,000,000 prize this week. They said the claim seems credible, but they're still waiting for the million dollar ticket to be presented. Winners have 365 days to claim their prize. If the drawing happens on a weekend, they have 365 days and until the following Monday to make their claim.

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