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New Yorkers left $37M in lottery prizes unclaimed

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: New Yorkers left $37M in lottery prizes unclaimed

A whopping $37.6 million in lottery prizes went unclaimed in New York last year from dreamers who plunked down their dollars for Powerball, Mega Millions and other tickets and never bothered to check them, according to New York Lottery statistics.

The clock just ran out for one lucky $10,000 Powerball winner who bought his ticket for the Sept. 17, 2011, drawing at College Wines & Liquors on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The ticket holder had until midnight yesterday to claim the prize.

"A lot of times, they get lost, they get thrown away. A lot of people don't know how to read the tickets," said Anthony Bellay, who owns the liquor shop.

Bellay said he didn't even know the store had sold the winning ticket. When told by The Post last week of the impending one-year deadline for the winner to come forward, Bellay said he would put a sign in his window.

There are hundreds of other winners out there in New York City, The Post found.

Some 250 winning tickets sold in the city for "draw games" such as Mega Millions and Win 4 from September 2011 through early March 2012 have gone unclaimed.

The biggest outstanding prize is a $250,150.00 Mega Millions ticket sold for the Dec. 6, 2011, drawing at the Quick Stop convenience store on Grand Avenue in Maspeth, Queens.

Ali Alsukimi, a store clerk, said he heard the lucky winner had already collected his prize and spent all of the cash.

"A short Irish man," he said of the supposed winner.

But lottery officials said that the ticket holder still hasn't come forward.

Lottery players may also want to look through their pockets for a Take 5 ticket purchased for the Dec. 11, 2011, drawing from the True Blue Deli on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Manhattan. The ducat is worth $35,136.50.

The New Year's Day Take 5 drawing made the holder of a ticket bought at the New Li Hua Discount & Gift shop on Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn $61,785 richer — if the winner comes forward.

And someone who gambled on the Win 4 game, buying 10 tickets from the Rup Food Mart on Amboy Road in Staten Island, has until next week to collect the $50,000 prize. All the unclaimed cash goes back into the state lottery prize pool.

Lolymary Questel, of Queens, was an 11th-hour winner of $1 million earlier this year. The preschool teacher found her winning ticket last spring while cleaning out her purse and cashed it with just a few weeks to spare.

"A lot of people think with these draw-game tickets that they have no expectation of winning, so they don't check," said Carolyn Hapeman, a lottery spokeswoman. "That's a habit that I would seriously advise people to get out of."

Julia Alfred, 53, of Woodside, admitted to the bad habit of tossing aside her tickets without checking them, assuming that the Bagelman shop near her home would not sell a big winner.

But a $10,000 winning ticket for the Nov. 2, 2011, Powerball game was purchased at the deli and remains unclaimed.

"Really? Here?" Alfred said. "I gotta get my tickets!"

Top unclaimed lottery tickets in the five boroughs

The Bronx

Drugs R Us Pharmacy 1963 Grand Concourse

$25,000 Win 4 (Jan. 30, 2012)

Manhattan

True Blue Deli 2741 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

$35,136 Take 5 (Dec. 11, 2011)

Staten Island

Rup Food Mart 4020 Amboy Road

$50,000 Win 4 (Sept. 24, 2011)

Brooklyn

New Li Hua Discount & Gift 207 Wyckoff Ave.

$61,785 Take 5 (Jan. 1, 2012)

Queens

Quick Stop 70-20 Grand Ave.

$250,150 Mega Millions (Dec. 6, 2011)

Thanks for w794728 for the tip.

NY Post

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Posted: September 17, 2012, 10:27 am - IP Logged

Well, you win some and you lose some. And sometimes I guess you lose a little extra.

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    Posted: September 17, 2012, 10:34 am - IP Logged

    This is not good.  How can a person missed to claim the lottery prize?  Did he misplace the ticket? Didn't he know that he won? This incident should remind lottery players to take good care of their tickets and make sure to check their numbers with the winning numbers.


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      Posted: September 17, 2012, 12:18 pm - IP Logged

      With huge commissions at stake it seems a store owner would check once a week and post a list of winners.


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        Posted: September 17, 2012, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

        This is not good.  How can a person missed to claim the lottery prize?  Did he misplace the ticket? Didn't he know that he won? This incident should remind lottery players to take good care of their tickets and make sure to check their numbers with the winning numbers.

        I say the tickets end up under the trash, on the floor board.


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          Posted: September 17, 2012, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

          notice no one from buffalo in on that list cause 1st we very rarely win and second we don't have money but to buy only one at a time and we need the winnings to pay the rent so we keep close eye on them LOL


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            Posted: September 17, 2012, 12:47 pm - IP Logged

            notice no one from buffalo in on that list cause 1st we very rarely win and second we don't have money but to buy only one at a time and we need the winnings to pay the rent so we keep close eye on them LOL

            Good point  billbo45, I Agree!.

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              Posted: September 17, 2012, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

              wow $37M Thud

              "You have to be in it to win it!"

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                Posted: September 17, 2012, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

                Maybe they have been using those automatic ticket checkers the states are so proud of.Maybe they checked their tickets and the machine said "sorry,not a winner" and they tossed the ticket.

                When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

                There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers

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                  Posted: September 17, 2012, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

                  NYC is a tourist city and I wouldn't be surprised if many of those tickets were bought by people who

                  were visiting the Statue of Liberty or other tourist attraction places and went back to Tulsa or Akron

                  and totally forgot about their lottery tickets. I think I am too careful to miss a winning ticket.

                  It's a futile effort.


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                    Posted: September 17, 2012, 4:20 pm - IP Logged

                    NYC is a tourist city and I wouldn't be surprised if many of those tickets were bought by people who

                    were visiting the Statue of Liberty or other tourist attraction places and went back to Tulsa or Akron

                    and totally forgot about their lottery tickets. I think I am too careful to miss a winning ticket.

                    Real good point!

                    Hopefully they'll never find out, less they have a nervous breakdown.

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                      Posted: September 17, 2012, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

                      Real good point!

                      Hopefully they'll never find out, less they have a nervous breakdown.

                      It would really be tough to deal with an expired ticket worth more than $1,000. A real tear jerker

                      It's a futile effort.


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                        Posted: September 17, 2012, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

                        Real good point!

                        Hopefully they'll never find out, less they have a nervous breakdown.

                        That's funny...... tourist getting ready for vacation (a year later) finds expired ticket in suit case. lol.

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                          Posted: September 17, 2012, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

                          Being that I'm from NYC and spend alot of money on differents lotteries and hardly win big.  I'm pissed. I think I'm going to start picking up tickets thrown on the floor....lol.

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                            Posted: September 17, 2012, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                            I, along with others I'm sure, agree with you.  We need to rely on our own eyes and not those scammers, I mean scanners.  I wouldn't expect any lottery to admit to any glitches, or fix them for that matter.