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$3 million Florida Lottery ticket expires Monday

Florida LotteryFlorida Lottery: $3 million Florida Lottery ticket expires Monday

A lottery winner has one last chance to claim a $3 million Florida Lotto prize.

According to Florida Lottery officials, a winning jackpot ticket bought in Jensen Beach for the June 27 drawing is still unclaimed, and the 180-day limit to claim the $3 million prize expires at midnight Monday.

The Quick Pick winning ticket was sold at the Ocean Breeze Liquor & Pub in the 1800 block of Northeast Jensen Beach Boulevard.

The winning numbers for that drawing were: 08-13-14-32-43-48.

If the jackpot isn't claimed, 80 percent of the money will go to education and the remaining 20 percent is returned to the Lotto prize pool.

The jackpot must be claimed at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Any official Florida Lottery retailer can validate the ticket.

If you don't hold that winning ticket, a chance at becoming an instant multimillionaire is just around the corner. The next Florida Lotto drawing, at 11 p.m. Saturday, is estimated at $47 million.

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: December 21, 2007, 3:27 pm - IP Logged

Nobody has to ask me what I think!  Earlier this month I read a similar article about a $2 million Fantasy 5 jackpot that was won in Sunrise.   It doesn't affect my life, but to imagine I've been playing every week for many years and finally someone hits the Lotto and loses the ticket or forgets about it...it's too mind-boggling to process.  I know another explanation could be that the player got sick or died.  That is why I tell people to keep their tickets in a particular place (not the pocket of your dungarees*) and let just one person you trust know. 

 

*how many times have you washed clothing with a tissue in the pocket?

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    Posted: December 21, 2007, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

    The odds that so many people won a jackpot and died before they could claim is too high to go with that theory. It would be like, someone won, and died within a few days of winning, and nobody thought about checking the ticket.. multiply by several times. Or they waited 5 months and they were going to claim just before the deadline but then they died? Most winners claim within a week so the odds someone dying in that short a time frame is very rare.

    What happens is people play piles of tickets and they don't have time to check and they figure the chance they won is too remote to worry about but they enjoy playing more than the win itself. Or are just sooooo busy they forget.. happened to me once but found out only 2 weeks later, not 6 months. Also could happen that someone reads the wrong set of numbers (the most current drawing wasn't posted yet maybe?) or they got it as a gift and they don't play regularly enough to be thinking about it.

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      Posted: December 22, 2007, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

      this would never happen to me.....unless the grim reaper knocked on my door

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        Posted: December 22, 2007, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

        this would never happen to me.....unless the grim reaper knocked on my door

         I Agree!

        So, true. If I happen to die or get sick or put in a coma or something, my family will have and know about the ticket. 

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: December 22, 2007, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

           I Agree!

          So, true. If I happen to die or get sick or put in a coma or something, my family will have and know about the ticket. 

          lmao.....funny that you say that because I told my sister a few years ago "if anything ever happens to me, CHECK ALL OF MY LOTTERY TICKETS!!!!!"

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            Posted: December 22, 2007, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

            When i buy  lottery  Tickets ,i make sure it's in my

            wallet, soon after it leaves the lottery machine.

            Later on that day i'm checking 2 see if i won!!!!

                             





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              Posted: December 22, 2007, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

              Larry, I agree with both of your paragraphs, but Florida has a very high amount of tickets that are unclaimed.  One reason is that we have so many tourists that probably throw them in their suitcases as souvenirs.  However, take a look at the average age of the people who win here if you get a chance.  Many winners are over 80.  I have a friend who is 85 who buys tickets and puts them in her sewing basket.  She is very forgetful.  I doubt if she tells her family she even buys them, since they don't even like her playing Bingo. But all she has is her small condo and a social security check, now that husband is gone, so it gives her a thrill. 

              Anyway, maybe the percentage isn't very high, but it's still important to me.  I'm not here to lecture, but here's one of many true stories. A woman who had no insurance at all said she didn't need it and fell down a flight of stairs the next week. Of course she couldn't buy it then, but nobody ever thinks something will happen to them. Same with anything else. 

              All I was saying is that "SH** HAPPENS like the bumper sticker.  I read the press releases every day and I don't think most people claim the money within a few days of winning, but I agree it's within a few weeks. Chances are if any of us win, we'll make it to the lottery office safely and soundly. But would you take a trip with $3 million in the trunk of your car?  If you have a small piece of paper worth millions, I believe it should be treated like real money, since it can't be replaced.  That's all. 

              Just one more comment - let's say that people who don't claim jackpots simply forget to check them as you mentioned.  Wouldn't telling someone you bought a couple of lottery tickets help in that case too?  I wonder how many people who would have missed out are reminded by their spouses or children "Did you check the numbers in the paper, Honey?" 

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                Posted: December 23, 2007, 6:46 am - IP Logged

                 I Agree!

                So, true. If I happen to die or get sick or put in a coma or something, my family will have and know about the ticket. 

                Be careful with that. Some types of family members might know about the ticket ... and help you die or get put in a coma. Evil Looking

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                  Posted: December 23, 2007, 6:58 am - IP Logged

                  More proof that Good Luck generally flows in OPPOSITION to intelligence. Only an idiot would buy a ticket and not check their numbers! LOL

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                    Posted: December 23, 2007, 4:35 pm - IP Logged

                    Be careful with that. Some types of family members might know about the ticket ... and help you die or get put in a coma. Evil Looking

                    I'm pretty sure you're just kidding around, but I hope you aren't serious.  If so, that's very sad.   My sister & I share all of that information, including bank accounts.

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                      Posted: December 24, 2007, 11:37 am - IP Logged

                      Be careful with that. Some types of family members might know about the ticket ... and help you die or get put in a coma. Evil Looking

                      Yeah justxploring I am sure he was joking, but I have no need to be careful. My mom and my three sisters are close and there is no way that I would ever have to worry about something like that from them.

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                        Posted: December 24, 2007, 11:39 am - IP Logged

                        *how many times have you washed clothing with a tissue in the pocket?

                        I may have washed tissue that was left in my clothes, but I have never put a lottery ticket in my pocket. lol. I don't put my tickets in clothes. I have a lottery slip cover that I put my tickets in. I don't like them to get bent or anything. LOL

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                          Posted: December 24, 2007, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                          *how many times have you washed clothing with a tissue in the pocket?

                          I cannot imagine how one would have a tissue in their pocket.  I wouldn't really want to know.. Sounds disgusting

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                            Posted: December 24, 2007, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

                            *how many times have you washed clothing with a tissue in the pocket?

                            I cannot imagine how one would have a tissue in their pocket.  I wouldn't really want to know.. Sounds disgusting

                            I put a couple tissues in my pocket before I go out for a walk because I get a snotty nose easily, especially in the winter.  If I have a used one I'll throw it in the trash as I walk into the store to get my lottery ticket or wherever I walked to, but there's no place to throw anything away on the way home.  So it gets stuffed back into my pocket and sometimes forgotten and washed. 

                            I'm with TSC on lottery tickets.  They never get stuffed anywhere.  I put them in my wallet and when I get home I hang them by a clip from some hooks I have on my office wall.