A $1 million Mega Millions lottery ticket has now expired in Iowa, 

But this unfortunate outcome will translate into an opportunity for many.

The ticket, originally sold in Ames, Iowa, will be reinvested into the state's annual holiday promotion. 

Mary Neubauer, the vice president of external relations and 

social responsibility at Iowa Lottery, stated, "We'll give away a total of $1 million in our holiday promotion. 

People will be able to enter with non-winning tickets in the holiday-themed 

Scratch games that we'll introduce in the marketplace later this year.

Although many players came forward to verify their tickets, the winning ticket was never found.

Over the past couple of weeks, we've received inquiries from several individuals 

who were curious if they held the winning ticket. 

Unfortunately, none of the information they provided matched the details of the ticket purchase," Neubauer explained.

This expired $1 million ticket is not the first instance of its kind in Iowa. 

In 2019, a Powerball ticket also went unclaimed after a year had passed. 

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In response, the state reinvested the funds back into the lottery,

conducting the "Woo Hoo a Million for You Giveaway."

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