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
$26 million in winning Michigan lottery tickets unclaimed
Keep an eye out for old state lottery tickets while rummaging through drawers and closets for holiday decorations. Millions of dollars are going unclaimed, and you don't want to lose out.
More than $26 million worth of winning tickets were never redeemed in the fiscal year that ended in September. Another $2 million was lost in October. And since the lottery began 35 years ago, an eye-popping $512 million has gone unclaimed.
Today, the one-year clock is ticking on a number of sizable win ...
Nov 27, 2007, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
More than $240 million unclaimed by lottery winners
In the past ten years, more than $240 million has gone unclaimed by winners of the Illinois Lottery.
State officials say lotto players often don't realize they've still won cash, even if they don't match every number.
More than $17 million is already unclaimed this year and officials say the problem is getting worse.
All unclaimed prize money now goes into a fund for the state's public schools.
Some lawmakers want to create online accounts to so people can buy lottery tickets and hav ...
Oct 16, 2007, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
VT Lottery had $1 million in unclaimed prizes
The Vermont Lottery ended its budget year with $1 million in unclaimed prizes for winning scratch-off tickets, a $400,000 jump over the amount of prize money that players failed to collect the previous year.
The extra money went to the state's Education Fund.
Why would people fail to collect their winnings?
That is a good question, said Alan Yandow, executive director of the Vermont Lottery Commission. People have the opportunity to scratch the instant ticket right away, he said. ...
Aug 6, 2007, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Vermont man finds lottery winner in wallet
A Swanton, Vermont, man who read a news report about unclaimed Megabucks winnings discovered he had one of the $10,000 tickets in his wallet, Vermont Lottery officials said Thursday.
Jon Trahan purchased several tickets in February at the Swanton Short Stop but then lost his wallet containing the tickets during an out-of-state trip, lottery officials said. When police returned the wallet, the cash was missing, but the lottery tickets were still there.
Trahan recently checked his tickets ...
Jun 8, 2007, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum
Deadline looming for unclaimed $15M lottery jackpot
All the major prizes that have gone unclaimed in Alberta since the inception of Lotto 6/49 combined don't add up to the amount the latest unclaimed jackpot is worth, Western Canada Lottery Corporation officials said Monday.
The lucky, but unwitting owner of a ticket worth $14.9 million is about to let Lady Luck slip out of reach, with time to claim the prize running out next week, said WCLC spokesman John Matheson.
That ticket will expire on June 7 and as of now, no one has come forward ...
May 29, 2007, 6:59 am - Lottery News forum
$19M N.J. Lottery jackpot goes unclaimed
The State of New Jersey became $10.8 million richer yesterday when no one came forward to redeem a lottery ticket worth that much from a Pick 6 drawing a year ago.
Lottery rules give ticketholders a year to validate winning tickets. The owner of the one winning Pick 6 ticket from the April 24, 2006, drawing had until midnight last night to claim the prize but failed to do so.
The ticket was sold at 24 Seven, a convenience store on Washington and Court streets in Newark. The numbers were 5- ...
Apr 26, 2007, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
$800,000 lottery ticket now worthless
Winning Powerball ticket sold; buyer misses deadline to collect prize
A little more than six months ago, somebody bought a Powerball ticket at the Quick Mart at the corner of Cherry Road and Heckle Boulevard.
Somebody, somewhere, in the lint trap of a clothes dryer, or maybe on the floorboards of a pickup truck, has a scrap of paper that was worth $800,000.
That scrap is now worthless.
The window for claiming prizes in South Carolina is 180 days.
The unclaimed prize is the largest ...
Apr 25, 2007, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum
Only 1 day left to claim $19M N.J. Lottery jackpot
Time is running out to claim a New Jersey lottery ticket worth $19 million.
The person who has the single winning ticket for last year's April 24 Pick 6 Lotto drawing has until Tuesday to claim the prize, lottery officials said.
The ticket, with winning numbers 05-24-27-28-33-37, was sold at a 24 Seven convenience store in Newark last year. The store received $2,000 for selling the winning ticket, according to NJ Lottery spokesman Dominick DeMarco.
But there has been no movement wha ...
Apr 23, 2007, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winner has 2 weeks to claim $19M jackpot
Someone has a New Jersey Lottery ticket worth $19 million, and just 2 weeks to claim the prize.
There was one winning ticket for last year's April 24 Pick 6 drawing, but the year deadline to claim the prize is approaching quickly and no one has stepped forward, lottery officials said.
Somewhere out there is one very lucky lottery player, and we'd really like to meet them, New Jersey Lottery's acting executive director William T. Jourdain said in a statement.
The Pick 6 Lotto ticket, w ...
Apr 11, 2007, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum