NANUET One day before the expiration date of a $1 million Powerball ticket sold in the hamlet, a state representative announced proposed legislation that would fund kindergarten with unclaimed lottery prizes.
Quick Mart at 38 N. Middletown Road sold the second-prize ticket for the Dec. 11, 2013, Powerball drawing, but no one has yet to claim his or her victory even though the ticket’s expiration date is approaching.
If the prize is not claimed by Thursday, the money will be returned to the prize pool for future winners.
Though his proposal is too late for this $1 million prize, Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, on Wednesday visited the store to announce a bill that would create a new fund to divert unclaimed lottery ticket winnings towards a statewide kindergarten program. Currently, kindergarten is not state mandate. Financially-struggling school districts, including North Rockland, offer half-day programs, while others can invest in full-day programs.
“This legislation will provide much-needed funds to school districts to support their kindergarten programs so that every child in New York will continue to have access to the important benefits kindergarten offers,” Carlucci said, adding that studies have shown that early education have a profound effect on children’s development. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our children have the best early education they can receive.”
State Sen. David Carlucci chat with Charul Barreto, co-owner of Quick Mart in Nanuet. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Carlucci’s office.)