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$14 million Illinois lottery jackpot expires

Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: $14 million Illinois lottery jackpot expires

A $14 million Illinois Lottery jackpot went unclaimed Monday, making it the largest pot in the state's history where no one came forward to say, "I won the lotto!"

The money will be given to the State Common School Fund, which supports public education programs.

A midnight deadline to claim the jackpot expired, despite an aggressive local and national television campaign to find the winner, Illinois Lottery Supt. Carolyn Adams said.

Lottery winners have one year to claim their prize. Previously, the largest unclaimed jackpot was $6 million in September 2000.

"It's really unfortunate because when our players play the game, we really want them to take advantage of the winnings," Adams said.

More than 40 people called to try to cash in and three submitted claim forms, but no one was able to provide the actual ticket or serial number to prove they were the real winner, Adams said.

The Gas City station in Frankfort that sold the winning ticket, with the numbers 14-23-24-36-37-50, collected $140,000, 1 percent of the ticket's value.

In light of this record breaking unclaimed prize, the Illinois Lottery suggested the following tips for players to ensure that a prize this large never goes unclaimed again:

  1. Keep your tickets in a safe place. One of the most common reasons for missing out on prize winnings is losing a ticket. Try to pick one consistent place where you always keep your tickets so you won't forget where you placed them. Also make sure that this place is secure and away from clutter where the ticket could be easily confused with miscellaneous paper set for disposal.
  2. Check your tickets against the winning numbers shortly after your purchase. By not letting long periods of time lapse between purchasing a ticket and checking for the winning numbers, you cut down on the risk of forgetting about the ticket or misplacing it.  This can also help to prevent frantic last minute searches as expiration dates can quickly sneak up on winners if they are not mindful.
  3. Honor ticket agreements if more than one party is involved. Another common reason for players to miss out on prize winnings is when they become locked into long, unfriendly disputes over who has the rights to the winning ticket. If you buy a ticket as part of an office pool, or a group of friends, make sure to predefine and agree on how the winnings will be split. The same applies for divorce proceedings.

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fja's avatar - gnome1

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Posted: February 2, 2005, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

somewhere in this world is a lonely 2 or 3 line lottery ticket sitting in a glove compartment, or in a pile of papers, or in a purse hanging in a closet, or strapped to a sun visor by a rubberband .....just waiting to be checked before they discard it....and the look on that persons face when he does check it will be...... like The coyote when over shoots the curve on the mountain road and has stopped in mid air and faces the camera......and has just enough time to wave goodbye...before he plummets to the bottom.... 

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

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    Posted: February 2, 2005, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

    Not so fast look at the post from January 26th....to be continued

      Maverick's avatar - yinyang
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      Posted: February 2, 2005, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

      More than 40 swindlers, um I mean people

      CASE CLOSED... unless the ticket walks into the Lotery office by itself, and you can change Lottery rules.


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        Posted: February 3, 2005, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

        I hope it wasn't a case of someone glancing at their numbers and thinking they were wrong or checking them against an incorrect newspaper/webpage print out of the numbers and then throwing the ticket out. Powerball's website carries the caveat: "Every attempt is made to ensure that this list of numbers is accurate..."



        But mistakes are bound to happen now and then.



        I always check mine visually and for added security have them checked again at the terminal when I go to buy new numbers. It would be a shame to miss out on a fortune, or any amount for that matter, because of someone else's mistake.



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          Posted: February 3, 2005, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

           

            This ticket is in the hands of lawyers...........to be continued.

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            Posted: February 3, 2005, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

            Ticket is in the hands of lawyers? JUST WONDERING WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT???????

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              Posted: February 3, 2005, 8:44 pm - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by bbar3bie on February 3, 2005


              This ticket is in the hands of lawyers...........to be continued.



              ent ... um I mean bbar3bie. You had said that the ticket is in a safe deposit box, then lost, then destroyed... now lawyers have it. Claim-deadline is over.

              CASE CLOSED

                fja's avatar - gnome1

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                Posted: February 4, 2005, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                Alright! I haven't seen a good controversy since Alicia Battle claimed to have lost the ticket in a parking lot in Cleveland,,,,I'm ready....this is going to be good....somebody hit the play button....

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

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                  Posted: February 4, 2005, 9:41 am - IP Logged

                  I agree that the case is closed.

                  So what if it's "in the hands of lawyers?"  It is a worthless scrap of paper now.  It should be "in the recycle bin of lawyers".

                   

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                    Posted: February 4, 2005, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

                    Did the person who claims to be the winner produce the serial number at least?

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                      Posted: February 4, 2005, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

                      I have a question for anyone out there.....does anyone have a losing lotto ticket from January 2004?  There is valuable information on anyone of those tickets which may be worth something to you....email it to me at gbjm04 on yahoo and I will email you back with the valuable information!! Thanks!

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                        Posted: February 5, 2005, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                        BTW the case is far from closed you will see

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                          Posted: February 6, 2005, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

                          It seems to me that if someone is insistent about something like this, and given the fact that one can go to prison for many years if found lying about a winning ticket, one would back down after a first try with a invalid ticket. If what gbjm says is true, I stand behind her, or whoever. JAMES



                          I believe this may be truth.

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                            Posted: February 11, 2005, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

                            NOT SO FAST GUYS a old man lost his ticket after falling, sued the state and won 6 million!!! And the state actually WANTS you to file against them so a judge can overrule there tight guidelines!