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, with winning numbers 05-24-27-28-33-37, was sold at 24 Seven in Newark. The store received $2,000 for selling the winning ticket, according to NJ Lottery spokesman Dominick DeMarco.
If no one comes forward with the winning ticket before April 24, most of the money would be used to benefit education and institutions, with the rest of it going to support special Lottery prize offerings, officials said.
"Check your closets, check your dressers and junk drawers, check the visors in your car — check all the little places in and around the house where you might have left a lottery ticket," Jourdain said.
DeMarco said he can't remember a prize this large going unclaimed in recent history, but it came close to happening six years ago.
In 2001, Melvin Milligan mailed in a ticket worth $46 million just two days before the deadline to claim the prize. He had remembered he bought a ticket for the drawing after watching a news report about the unclaimed Big Game ticket.
The mystery winner isn't the only lucky person in New Jersey. Just last month, Elaine and Harold Messner of Cape May County won half of a record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot.