Mega lottery bucks go unclaimed every year
Imagine the luck: You beat the odds and hit the lottery. Now imagine this kind of luck: You don't even know it.
Of all of life's weird twists of fate, this is pretty high up there. You could be living in fat city, if only you had checked your ticket or saved it from your jeans pocket before doing laundry.
Last year, more than $600 million in lottery fortunes went unclaimed in the United States. That could build, like, half of a football stadium.
In California, $29 million went unclaimed ...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
UNC Charlotte student wins $1M lottery jackpot
Mary Baker, a UNC Charlotte freshman nursing student, is one of the lucky winners of a scratch-off lottery game with a jackpot of $1 million.
The lucky student paid $20 for two scratch-off tickets at the Bloom grocery store near campus.
On the first ticket she won $10.
But on her second try, the ticket revealed that she was the big winner.
Monday, officials with the North Carolina Lottery presented her with a ceremonial check. Baker will receive 20 annual installments of $50,000.
Sep 8, 2008, 5:29 pm - Lottery News forum
$200,000 Powerball lottery prize goes unclaimed
One lucky Powerball winner from Kansas isn't so lucky after the deadline expired for claiming a $200,000 prize.
Kansas Lottery officials said they heard some real doozies last week from people trying to grab a share of the unclaimed riches, but despite that, Friday's deadline passed without the winning ticket showing up.
Just because none could produce the winning ticket, it didn't prevent at least 100 people from trying to claim the money as their own.
Some guy called twice I'm not ...
Aug 3, 2008, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum
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