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$250,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts expires

Dec 13, 2007, 8:54 am

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Massachusetts Lottery officials announced yesterday a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at a market in Revere won't be honored because the winner waited too long to claim the prize — if he ever even realizes he won.

Meanwhile, callers to the Herald yesterday claimed that a Lowell adult bookstore owner was the mystery millionaire from a winning Jubilee 25 scratch ticket that has gone unredeemed.

The Herald reported yesterday that Lottery officials had launched an all-out search to discover the whereabouts of a winning $1 million scratch ticket jackpot before the grace period for cashing it in runs out.

Although he said he's holding a lucky ticket, Paul Dunigan Jr., co-owner of Tower News in Lowell, said he won $1 million on Pinball Wizard, but not in the $5 Jubilee 25 game Lottery officials are looking for.

"Somebody said my ticket is in the Herald, but I won $1 million in another game," Dunigan said of his windfall.

A delighted Dunigan said he's waiting to cash in until early next month so he can kick off the next 20 new years with a $35,000 annual check in the mail, his approximate winnings after taxes.

"I'm going to put $30,000 aside each year and in 10 years I'll be good," said Dunigan, who runs a Lowell mini-mart and adult peep show, magazine and sex-toy shop with his mom.

The Lottery has not discussed the matter with Dunigan yet.

The Mega Millions case in Revere, meanwhile, is a glaring example of the $12 million in winnings careless Lottery players are leaving on the table each year.

Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld said a computer search yesterday pinpointed the $250,000 Mega Millions ticket was sold on Jan. 10, 2006, at the Ankor Watt Market in Revere. And, he added, it has "now expired."

"Oh my God," said Vanna Prak, a clerk at the Revere market. "Somebody was lucky and they didn't even know it."

Rosenfeld said the Lottery fielded a few calls yesterday on the wayward Jubilee 25 winner, but nobody surfaced with proof they are due the prize.

The Lottery has launched a rare "reconstruction" to trace what happened to the ticket from the now-defunct Jubilee 25 game. Officials are also trying to find out why a $20,000 payoff from a $2 Diamond scratch ticket was not claimed.

Boston Herald

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3 comments. Last comment 13 years ago by justxploring.
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November 21, 2007
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Posted: December 13, 2007, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

Wel, someone lost out on a lot of money. People should learn to check there tickets. They take the time to buy them, why not take the time to check them? No Nod 

    go4it-andwin's avatar - drevil
    New Member
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    Member #56449
    November 19, 2007
    19 Posts
    Posted: December 13, 2007, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

    I sure wish i knew where that winning ticket was...I cant believe people buy lottery tickets and then dont check them.. Unless the person lost it... he is a loser of a  few million instead of a winner...I wonder how that person would feel if they knew what they were missing!!!!!!!!!!!

    with a prayer and 6 lucky numbers...im beach bound!

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
      Wandering Aimlessly
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      November 5, 2005
      4461 Posts
      Posted: December 17, 2007, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

      I don't think my sister buys lottery tickets, although she's pretty far from Revere.  I rented an apartment in Revere for a few months a long time ago.  People do forget.  On another thread, a couple of regular members said that most people probably just buy a ticket for fun, so it stands to reason that they also might not take it as seriously as those of us who check our numbers and post on a lottery board.  Still, it's a real shame when someone fails to check a winning ticket.  That money might change a person's life.