Man throws away winning lottery ticket, but still collects
Lottery waits until 1-year claim deadline expires before awarding
Sometimes Lady Luck is slow-footed.
Degli Martinez, 55, of Queens, New York, claimed the biggest single Lotto jackpot in state history on Wednesday, a $65 million prize that took over a year and a police probe before he was allowed to have it.
It was a lot of pain waiting, said the 55-year-old Paraguayan immigrant at a lower Manhattan press conference. You never know whether you're going to get the money.
A maint ...
Jul 10, 2008, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum
$100,000 Wisconsin lottery ticket going unclaimed
A Wisconsin lottery ticket worth $100,000 will be worthless if no one claims the prize in the next 10 days.
The ticket for the Holiday Millions Raffle was purchased more than six months ago in Neenah and was one of 10 that won $100,000 in a New Year's Day drawing.
But it's the only one that hasn't been used to claim the prize, and the 180-day claim period runs out June 27.
Lottery spokesman Andrew Bohage says officials are hoping someone just forgot about the ticket and can still claim ...
Jun 20, 2008, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia man wins $250,000 twice in three months
Lottery lightning strikes twice for Chesterfield man
When he won in the February 22, 2008, Mega Millions drawing, he joked with Virginia Lottery officials, I'll see you next time. Little did he know, there really would be a next time.
Three months later, the same lucky lottery player was back at Lottery headquarters with another Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000.
When asked about his amazing luck, Mr. Branch replied, I really can't explain it!
Mr. Branch matched the first five ...
Jun 6, 2008, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning Oregon Lottery ticket expires May 23
Oregon Lottery officials say it's time to double-check your wallet or your purse, or even the sofa, to see if a lottery ticket with the winning numbers was overlooked.
The search is for a winning Oregon Lottery ticket worth $1,000 a week for life, and which is about to expire.
The Win for Life ticket was purchased on May 23 last year in Hood River. The winning numbers are 06-43-46-51.
It's worth about $670 a week after taxes, or nearly $35,000 a year.
After May 23, 2008, when the tic ...
May 13, 2008, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball lottery ticket about to expire
Ticket worth $800,000 will expire April 14
The clock is ticking on an unclaimed Powerball ticket worth $800,000.
That ticket, which was purchased for the October 17, 2007, drawing will expire if not claimed by 5 p.m. on April 14.
The ticket that matched the five white balls was purchased at Jai Mataji Inc. at 121 Julian Place in Troutman. The numbers on the white balls for that drawing were 14-15-19-42-46.
The player also purchased the Power Play option for an extra dollar, and sinc ...
Apr 6, 2008, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket worth $200,000 expired
Another winning ticket due to expire Sunday
The holder of a winning Powerball ticket sold in Dakota County, Minnesota, last year has missed the opportunity to cash in. The winner had until 5 p.m. Thursday to claim the $200,000 prize they won by matching the five white balls drawn on Jan. 17, 2007.
The scenario could play out again on if another winning ticket holder does not show up at state lottery headquarters by 5 p.m. Tuesday. A lottery official said an outstanding ticket worth $50,000 ...
Jan 18, 2008, 8:38 pm - Lottery News forum
$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 th ...
Dec 21, 2007, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
$250,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts expires
Massachusetts Lottery officials announced yesterday a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at a market in Revere won't be honored because the winner waited too long to claim the prize if he ever even realizes he won.
Meanwhile, callers to the Herald yesterday claimed that a Lowell adult bookstore owner was the mystery millionaire from a winning Jubilee 25 scratch ticket that has gone unredeemed.
The Herald reported yesterday that Lottery officials had launched an all-out search to discover ...
Dec 13, 2007, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
$50,000 Indiana lottery ticket expires soon
Hoosier Lottery officials say a $50,000 prize will expire in less than two weeks if no one brings in the winning ticket.
The ticket matched all five number in the Lucky 5 Evening drawing June 27. It was purchased at a Casey's convenience store in Brownsburg.
Lottery officials say the holder of the ticket must go to the Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis by 5 p.m. Dec. 21 to claim the prize.
The winning numbers in the drawing were 2, 6, 8, 17 and 29.
Dec 13, 2007, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Some lottery winners missing their jackpots
Elderly man reads the newspaper every morning in the bathroom.
He dies. Widow picks up the old papers, finds a Powerball ticket.
Her kids insist: Mom, check it out. She does just in time!
Widow claims a $100,000 prize the day before the ticket expires.
That story from Karen Emery, deputy director of the Arizona Lottery is a rare happy ending in the history of long-lost lottery tickets.
More than a half-billion dollars in lottery prizes went uncollected last y ...
Dec 6, 2007, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum