CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Check your pockets. Check your couch cushions. Check your junk drawers and your car seats.
Somebody in West Virginia is sitting on a piece of paper worth $1 million that, like Cinderella at midnight, soon will transform back to what it was -- in this instance, just a worthless scrap of paper.
In mid-March, a Little General store on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley sold a $1 million Powerball ticket.
The prize has not been claimed. If it is not claimed by Sept. 12 -- 180 days after the March 16 drawing -- it will expire and the ticket will become worthless.
A prize that big has only gone unclaimed two or three times in the 27-year history of the West Virginia Lottery.
"Normally, a prize of $1 million is claimed. It's very rare for that not to happen," said Randy Burnside a spokesman for the Lottery. "There's some people out there and, for whatever reason, they think they have to hit every number to win something."
Players can win a prize in Powerball by matching as few as one out of the six balls. The smallest prize offered is $4. The odds of winning a prize of any size are about one in 32.
The $1 million prize, the second biggest offered by the regular Powerball competition, is won by matching the five regular white balls in the drawing but not the sixth, the Powerball.
The odds of winning $1 million are about one in 5.1 million.