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$3.8 million Michigan lottery ticket unclaimed after 9 months

Michigan LotteryMichigan Lottery: $3.8 million Michigan lottery ticket unclaimed after 9 months

Cash will go back to the state if the ticket holder doesn't come forward in time

At 3:46 p.m. April 9, a customer at Tania's Pizza and party store in Royal Oak, Michigan purchased an easy pick Winfall ticket that turned out to be a $3.8 million winner.

State lottery officials are concerned that the lucky ticket soon may become a loser.

The ticket is unclaimed more than nine months after the April 10 drawing. The fear is the ticket is lost or misplaced, and the buyer may not be aware of it.

Lottery players who win a big jackpot late in the year sometimes wait until the next year to cash it in to get a break on taxes, Lottery commissioner Gary Peters said. But to wait nine months doesn't make sense.

Store owner Ihsam Sheena said he has no idea who bought the ticket with the numbers 15-26-40-41-47-48. But he hopes it is cashed in before the one-year deadline so he can receivea $2,000 bonus for selling it. If the ticket is not redeemed by 4:45 p.m. April 11, the money goes to the state school aid fund.

"I had a sign up here (looking for the winner), but I took it down because I got tired of people asking so many questions," Sheena said. "I wish I knew who it was."

State officials say there are nine Mega Millions lottery tickets, each worth $175,000, and a winning $1.5 million Winfall ticket from the Jan. 8 drawing that have not been redeemed.

"Folks need to look at their lottery tickets," Peters said.

More unclaimed Michigan lottery tickets

" Largest winning ticket that was never turned in: $34 million, March 1997, in Lotto 649 game.

" Second largest: $18 million, July 1992, in Lotto 647 game.

" $438 million in winning lottery tickets have gone unclaimed since the lottery started in 1972, including $31 million last year.

Detroit News

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fja's avatar - gnome1

United States
Member #91
January 19, 2002
11929 Posts
Posted: January 31, 2005, 9:22 am - IP Logged

I'll tell ya,,,,you blink your eyes and fame and fortune pass you by..........

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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    Member #379
    June 5, 2002
    11296 Posts
    Posted: January 31, 2005, 9:37 am - IP Logged

    If MI starts the 60-day clock with the DRAWING, then the ticket holder gave up the right to collect in            lump sum.

      Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
      Atlantic Mine, Michigan
      United States
      Member #416
      June 23, 2002
      1614 Posts
      Posted: January 31, 2005, 10:56 am - IP Logged

      In Michigan it is 60 days from the day the ticket it validated by the lottery.  So they would still get the option.


        DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
        Yinzer Country, PA
        United States
        Member #4067
        March 18, 2004
        2741 Posts
        Posted: January 31, 2005, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

        that's what every state needs to do. if the law says 60 days after validating the ticket, then the lottery needs to give them 60 days after validating the ticket. what if the winner is overseas or something and bought their ticket for a multi-draw?

        I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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          Member #379
          June 5, 2002
          11296 Posts
          Posted: January 31, 2005, 5:50 pm - IP Logged

          FL, among others, begin the 60 days with the drawing.

            MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

            Member #9517
            December 10, 2004
            1272 Posts
            Posted: February 2, 2005, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

            I'm grateful it's possible to be a registered lottery player in Norway, so all payouts are either sent via mail or transfered to the registered lottery players bank account automatically.

            But if someone with an uregistered lottery ticket win we get the same problem here in Norway.

            It doesn't happen often, since perhaps 80-90% of the winners are registered players.