Almost €15 million in Ireland Lottery prize money goes unclaimed
At a time when so many are strapped for cash, the prospect of a lottery win has never been more alluring. Yet according to figures obtained from the Ireland National Lottery, 14.7 million (US$18.9 million) in lottery prize money was left uncollected last year alone.
Whether they ended up down the back of the couch or in the wash, winning tickets worth 90 million have gone unclaimed in the last five years.
Among the forfeited windfalls last year were a 350,000 Plus 1 prize, from a ticket so ...
May 15, 2013, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
$1M NJ Powerball ticket to expire May 17
You may be a millionaire and not even know it.
Worse yet, you only have until May 17 to figure it out or lose the prize, according to New Jersey Lottery officials.
In a press release Wednesday, lottery officials said a winning $1 million ticket sold in South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, from the May 16, 2012 Powerball drawing has not yet been claimed.
A $1 million ticket was sold at the Stop Shop store #818 at Summefield Boulevard and Route 522 in the Dayton section of South Brunswic ...
Apr 6, 2013, 5:01 am - Lottery News forum
$1 Million 2012 St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket found just in time
The Illinois Lottery announced today that a previously unclaimed $1 million 2012 St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle ticket, sold last year in Wood Dale, has been claimed just three days prior to its expiration.
Raffle ticket number 413224 from the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Raffle drawing was presented to Lottery officials in Des Plaines on Thursday by an attorney representing three Chicago-area residents, all of whom are related.
It's great news that the missing $1 million dollar ticket wa ...
Mar 15, 2013, 3:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers going after unclaimed lottery money
So a guy walks into a gas station, buys a scratch-off, wins a few bucks, gets distracted with some fool thing and eventually puts the lucky ticket through the wash in his Wranglers. It happens. No big deal.
But for state lawmakers in a tough budget year nationwide, the unclaimed prizes are adding up to a tempting pot of cash.
It's something we've seen an increased interest in this year, said Jon Griffin, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington.
Mar 4, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year
It is hard for some to believe, but even as some Americans dream of hitting it big in the Lotto, Powerball, and Mega Millions jackpots, for some it might have happened and whizzed by unnoticed.
Happens all the time, says Illinois Lottery chief Michael Jones. People misinterpret whether they won or lost. People misplace tickets all the time.
Jones said the lottery estimates about one percent of all lottery prizes go unclaimed. And, considering the Illinois games raked in about $3 billion ...
Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
The man who lost a $5 million lottery ticket
Like many who buy a Lottery ticket, Martyn Tott never seriously contemplated the possibility that he would actually win.
Of course, it would have been wonderful, but he was largely happy with his rather humdrum life. When he realized he'd scooped the 3,011,065 jackpot, however, his opinion changed somewhat.
Suddenly, a social life that revolved around Chinese takeaways, pints of ale and Saturday nights spent rock 'n' roll dancing at the local town hall seemed positively mundane.
So, too ...
Dec 19, 2012, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Powerball winner goes unclaimed in Idaho
A $1 million lottery prize has gone unclaimed six months after the winning ticket was sold at a Meridian, Idaho, convenience store.
Someone bought the $2 Powerball quick pick from the Maverik store at North Locust Grove Road and East McMillian Road June 19. It won the jackpot June 20, but no one ever claimed the prize within 180 days as required.
The store that sold the winning ticket will still get the $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
Lottery officials say it's a great reminder to ...
Dec 19, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho $1M Powerball ticket to expire Friday
Time is quickly running out for the holder of an unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket that was sold last summer.
The ticket will expire Friday at 3 p.m. if the holder does not arrive in Boise at Idaho Lottery Headquarters to claim their prize.
The winning ticket was sold for the June 20 Powerball draw from an Idaho Lottery retail location in Meridian. The ticket matched the first five numbers from that night's draw, but not the Powerball itself. The winning numbers for that night were 11, ...
Dec 12, 2012, 10:17 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions lottery jackpot of $102 million goes unclaimed
In the United Kingdom, a mystery lottery player has lost out on a 64 million (US$102.5 million) fortune after the deadline to claim the prize expired and the money was handed to charity.
The unlucky individual, who bought the winning EuroMillions ticket in Hertfordshire on June 8th, had until 11pm yesterday to collect the massive windfall.
But despite a National Lottery publicity campaign, the would-be multi-millionaire missed the 180-day deadline making the 63,837,543.60 prize the biggest ...
Dec 7, 2012, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
3 N.J. lottery tickets worth $700K about to expire
Picture this: You've been holding a winning lottery ticket worth $200,000 or $250,000 for nearly one year without claiming the prize.
That is the head-scratching reality that has befallen three winning lottery tickets set to expire this month, including one that was sold in Eatontown, said Judith Drucker, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery.
A lottery winner has one year from the drawing to claim the prize.
If a winner fails to do so, the money goes back into the lottery and may be ...
Dec 7, 2012, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum