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N.C. lottery ticket worth $1 million expires Wednesday

Mega MillionsMega Millions: N.C. lottery ticket worth $1 million expires Wednesday

STALLINGS, N.C. — Odds are the N.C. Lottery is about to hit an unwanted milestone — its first unclaimed $1 million ticket.

Someone bought a Mega Millions ticket in Stallings, hit all five numbers for the white balls on the Aug. 20 game and won $1 million. But the multistate jackpot prize has gone unclaimed. And if no one shows up with the ticket at lottery headquarters in Raleigh by 5 p.m. Wednesday, the ticket will expire.

"We really do want to find this person," lottery spokesman Ryan Kennemur said Monday.

The winning numbers from the $2 ticket are 4-13-20-29-48. Odds of getting all five numbers for a $1 million prize are 1 in 3.9 million.

Since the lottery began in March 2006, there have been 16 unclaimed prizes worth between $100,000 to $800,000, Kennemur said. All of those tickets involved either Powerball or Carolina Cash 5 tickets.

If no one claims the Mega Millions prize, Kennemur said half of the winnings will go to the lottery's education fund and the other half will help cover a Medicaid shortfall.

The ticket was sold at a Market Express gas station adjoining a McDonald's restaurant on Old Monroe Road. Ticket sales shot up once people heard about the winning ticket, Market Express manager Esther Roach said.

Under a retailer incentive plan, the store owners receive $10,000 for selling the ticket, regardless if it is claimed, according to Kennemur.

A big blue sign over the store's cash register informs customers that time is running out to claim the winning ticket. "They ask and ask and ask about it," cashier Jessica Massey said.

At least three men have come into the store bemoaning that they lost the winning ticket, Roach said. Two claimed they were cleaning out old lottery tickets and simply threw it away.

Then there was the regular customer who told Roach he went to McDonald's but bought the lottery ticket to get change when the restaurant couldn't break his $100 bill. He stuck the ticket in the McDonald's bag and later threw it away, he said.

His trash was picked up the day the man realized his potential million-dollar mistake. So he followed the truck to the dump, explained what happened and went through mounds of refuse.

He told Roach he somehow found his trash and the McDonald's bag. It contained the restaurant receipt, but the lottery ticket was nowhere to be found.

If there's any consolation for the luckless lottery player, it could have been worse. Lottery tickets worth $30.1 million and $28.5 million went unclaimed in Florida and California, respectively.

Then there's Indiana. In 2002, a $51.7 million jackpot expired without anyone claiming it.

Charlotte Observer

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B$Rizzle's avatar - a4leds
The Ville, FL
United States
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August 19, 2010
1708 Posts
Posted: February 15, 2011, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

I really hate hearing about these types of stories. If you are going to play the lottery, keepo your dayum ticket in a safe spot. Whats the point of playing if you dont really care?

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    December 27, 2010
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    Posted: February 15, 2011, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

    I Agree! This happens all the time here in Florida too. Especially with Fantasy 5. And last year some spent 20 DOLLARS on a millionaire raffle ticket that when unclaimed. Luckily, the 1st runner up was able to claim the 1 million (per Lotto rules). I would never lose a ticket, unless my house burned down, got struck my a tornado, hurricane or some other calamidy.

      sully16's avatar - sharan
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      October 28, 2009
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      Posted: February 15, 2011, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! yep, treat your lottery ticket like cash, hope the winner finds it in time.


        BaristaExpress's avatar - BaristaExpressMX zpsfb0d8b5d.png
        Magnolia, Delaware
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        July 20, 2005
        789 Posts
        Posted: February 15, 2011, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

        Thumbs UpI treat my MM & PB tickets like Futures/Commodities until the drawing.

        Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

          TheOtherOne's avatar - Lottery-027.jpg
          Nashville, TN
          United States
          Member #86739
          February 9, 2010
          484 Posts
          Posted: February 15, 2011, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

          Could end up being a very sad story.


          I hope not though, I hope the winner has just been messing with the media, lottery hq, etc and will claim it soon. If that is the case, they are an idiot anyway.


          But I kind of believe this Mcdonalds story. THAT in and of itself is sad that this poor sap chased a garbage truck and found it and dug                          through naddy- @$$ garbage only to come up empty handed. How did they identify their own garbage anyway?


          What do you all think of part of the winning going towards Medicaid if it isnt claimed?

            dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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            November 12, 2009
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            Posted: February 15, 2011, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

            I agree B$Rizzle if you are going to play be responsible and check your ticket....

              joshuacloak's avatar - Money Swim-uncle-scrooge-mcduck-35997717-677-518.jpg

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              February 12, 2006
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              Posted: February 15, 2011, 3:44 pm - IP Logged

              people who buy tickets, and don't ever hold onto them to check to see if it could be a big winner, make me sad for what may happen


              my worst nitemare thro is if someone wins a jackpot like mm or pb, and Never claims it, then they say for mm/pb it goes back to all the states for them to do whatever

              i don't think that's fair to all the people who played during them draws for their jackpot prize pool to go to the states, the amount should just be added back into the current jackpot prize pool  if atfer 6/1 year whatever no one claims


              cease while i hope it never happen, seeing story's where even a million bucks goes unclaimed makes me think, some day, perheps the next jackpot winner or or next decade or 2, in my life time i see a pb/mm go unclaimed, all the players money boosting that jackpot up would of been wasted as the state just use's it

              to avoid this nitemare form ever coming true, they need to in my mind make it so the money gets put back into the prize pool winnings where it belongs

              they already take near 40 to 50% off the top of ever ticket sold that goes right to the lottery, why should they be allowed to also win the prize money cease some idiot buys a ticket and never checks it/holds onto it, or god forbid they somehow "lost" it


              hell if won a major jackpot, first thing i do is turn video record off my freaking phone, also use my pc scanner, also my pc web cam, i have so much proof , hell i even email a video to my hotmail account so in case the house burns down, the video share in the digi world on hotmail servers or some place LOL

                NYSlugger 777's avatar - 777
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                August 21, 2007
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                Posted: February 15, 2011, 5:24 pm - IP Logged

                Anyone know if this ticket was bought using the quick pick option?

                I'm thinking maybe someone carelessly threw away the ticket without even carefully chekcing to see if the ticket was a winner.

                Alcoholism took my brothers physical life away but his peaceful personality will live on in memory inside of me  spuritually forever. R.I.P. Ray 8/05/87 thru 6/19/17 PEACE

                  dpoly1's avatar - driver
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                  October 16, 2008
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                  Posted: February 15, 2011, 5:37 pm - IP Logged


                  Why play if you aren't going to check your ticket  Bang Head


                  I always check and double-check my ticket!

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                    February 14, 2011
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                    Posted: February 15, 2011, 8:47 pm - IP Logged

                    o.o if it really was in his mcdonalds bag... i hope he didnt accidently eat it.

                    JP Wins 2011: $3.00(1) Ten-OH, $7.00(1) PowerBall, $70.00(1)/$2.00(7) OH Classic;

                    Scratch Wins 2011: $25.00(1)/$20.00(3) 100K A Year for Life, $5.00(1)/$1.00(8)/$2.00(6)/ENTRY(3) Cash Explosion, $8.00(3)/$2.00(7) Double Doubler; 

                    "You Can't Win If You Don't Play" ** But don't expect to win just because you play.

                      dphillips's avatar - littleuns
                      Albuquerque, New Mexico
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                      June 18, 2004
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                      Posted: February 15, 2011, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

                      Yes, that lottery ticket should be treated like fine wine! As far as the unclaimed Indiana ticket -- that's a lot of money to go unclaimed. Perhaps, the person passed away: no sensible, living lottery player would ignore that large amount of money, period.

                      See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

                        JordanT1021's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
                        North Carolina
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                        June 24, 2007
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                        Posted: February 16, 2011, 5:49 am - IP Logged

                        update: the night of the drawing a man knew he had won $1,000,000...he waited until 3 weeks later to tell his wife... he waited 3 weeks b/c he wanted to tell his wife when she was having a bad day to cheer her up... they wanted to wait ( forgot why now) but then the husband misplaced the winning ticket.. the winning ticket was cashed in yesterday...

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                          Posted: February 16, 2011, 7:15 am - IP Logged

                          PartyHey, I just read that this prize has been claimed by a couple, who purposely held on to the ticket until the very last moment (and for no special reason) . Why hold on to a ticket for 180 days for no reason?