If you are a regular player of the Illinois Lottery's Mega Millions or Little Lotto games, your winning ticket may be right under your nose. Or in a coat pocket in the hall closet. Or being used as a bookmark in a novel.
More than $6 million in prize money sits unclaimed — the largest being a $900,000 Little Lotto jackpot drawn Oct. 2. The winning ticket was purchased at Dempster Mobil, 4002 Dempster in Skokie, with the numbers 3-14-22-24-34.
While all of this year's Lotto and instant tickets have been redeemed, 22 Little Lotto players have yet to claim their prizes. And although Illinois hasn't had a Mega Millions grand prize jackpot all year, nine second-place prize winners have yet to come forward. Each second-prize ticket is worth $250,000.
"It always amazes me how many of our players never check their tickets to see if they've won," said Lottery Supt. Carolyn Adams.
Tickets are only valid for a year from the date of the drawing. To view a list of unclaimed prizes, go to www.illinoislottery.com and click on "unclaimed tickets," or call the Lottery Claims Office at (217) 524-5150.