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Deadline approaches, Powerball winner only has a week to cash in on multi-millions

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Carrollwood, FL - The deadline for a multi-million dollar jackpot is quickly approaching and the winner has not come forward. 

The Powerball ticket is worth $16.7 million and was sold at the Carrollwood Market.  The numbers were announced in May, but the winner remains a mystery.

When the Tannous family found out their store sold the winning Powerball ticket they were in disbelief.

"We were very excited that it was going to be one of our customers," said Carrollwood Market owner Nidia Tannous. 

But as time went by and no one came forward to claim the ticket, that excitement quickly turned into worry, prompting the owners to start asking around.

Stan Hopper has been playing the lotto since it started in the Sunshine State, but admits he's not the winner.

"I don't have it I wish," said Hopper. 

Lottery winners have 180 days to cash in.  The largest jackpot ever left unclaimed in Florida was a $53.7 million Lotto ticket from 2003.

"There's just all kinds of reasons that people don't check their numbers right away," said Mike Purcell, Florida Lottery.  "Hopefully this won't cost them $16 million."

We're told it's rare, but the winner could be waiting until the last day to keep us in suspense and it wouldn't be the first time.

"We just hope that they found it and that they claim it and they turn it in before it expires," said Tannous. 

The Powerball player has until Thursday, November 21 at 12 a.m. to cash in on the winnings. 

That winning Powerball ticket has the numbers: 2, 6, 19, 21, 27 and Powerball 25.

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