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Two of Iowa's largest lottery prizes haven't been claimed and they were both bought in Tipton.  Iowa lottery officials say one ticket is worth $1 million and the other is worth $10,000.

"It's unusual for a community to have one unclaimed prize and tipton has two," said Iowa Lottery Vice President, Mary Neubauer.

Those two lucky people have the whole town buzzing and wondering if it's them that hit the jackpot.

"At first, everybody was wondering if they were the person. searching through your old tickets," said Tipton resident, Michel Foulks.

Others say it couldn't be them because they keep track of all their lottery tickets.

"I  take them home right away. i put them on the refrigerator with a magnet and wait for that day to come up so i can make sure whether i won or not," said Tipton resident Atlas Swinford.

The town's two big prizes even has some buying new tickets to see if the town's lucky streak will continue.

"I think i'm going to go buy one right now to see if i can increase my luck any," said resident Patty Maxwell. " A million dollars can certainly change a life. that's for sure."

Lottery officials agree, but say the more time passes, the less likely it is for someone to come forward.

"In reality it is entirely possibly that whomever has these winning tickets has just never checked them," said Neubauer.

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