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Chicago man claims $9M lottery jackpot in the nick of time

Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: Chicago man claims $9M lottery jackpot in the nick of time

CHICAGO, Ill. — A Chicago, Illinois, man recently came close to losing $9 million that he didn't know he had.

Irving Przyborski had bought a winning Lotto ticket which was due to expire at the end of the day on Thursday, but he found the ticket last week in a tax folder and claimed it just in time.

Przyborski had bought a number of lottery tickets a year ago and checked the numbers on most of them and they were not winners, according to Illinois Lottery spokesman Tracy Owens. Apparently, one ticket fell into a tax file he had been working with, and it wasn't until he decided to do his tax returns last week that he found the ticket.

He took it to his local store, checked the numbers and learned he was a millionaire.

Owens describes Przyborski as being a "quiet, laid back" man who seemed unfazed by his winnings. He claimed a lump sum prize.

If Przyborski had not claimed his winnings by midnight Thursday night, the money would have gone into the state's Common School Fund. Owens said that about $2 million in unclaimed winnings a month go into the School Fund. Most are from much lower jackpots than Przyborski claimed.

Until Thursday, the Illinois Lottery had the $9 million jackpot still listed on its "unclaimed prizes" website page. Owens said that was an oversight which is being corrected.

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: March 24, 2011, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

Two million a month in unclaimed winnings?

I wonder why all those people are buying tickets?


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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    sully16's avatar - sharan
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    Posted: March 24, 2011, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to the lucky guy, glad he figured it out.Hyper

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?

     

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      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Posted: March 24, 2011, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to the lucky guy, glad he figured it out.Hyper

      I'm glad he got his money but on the whole, are that many people that dumb that 2 million a month goes unclaimed in Illinois alone?

      If so, it's no wonder that lottery clerks and mailmen can rip people off so easy.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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        sully16's avatar - sharan
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        Posted: March 24, 2011, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

        I'm glad he got his money but on the whole, are that many people that dumb that 2 million a month goes unclaimed in Illinois alone?

        If so, it's no wonder that lottery clerks and mailmen can rip people off so easy.

        LOL  That seems to be the case.

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

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          Posted: March 24, 2011, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

          Just in the nick of time for the tax man to cometh...! 

                                                       

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            Posted: March 24, 2011, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

            Two million a month in unclaimed winnings?

            I wonder why all those people are buying tickets?

            I wonder this all the time when I check FL Lotto's website to see past winners, retailer locations, etc.

             

            I'm amazed at how many of the winning tickets still show "Unclaimed" which are from several months back getting ready to expire.

            If you are going to play the lottery, at least keep your <snip> tickets in a safe place & check them!!!!

            If you dont care, then let other people buy tickets and have a chance at the jackpot!

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              Posted: March 24, 2011, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

              I forgot some tickets in my pants and washed them. Oh God, I replaced them but I felt terrible.

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                Posted: March 24, 2011, 2:06 pm - IP Logged

                Until Thursday, the Illinois Lottery had the $9 million jackpot still listed on its "unclaimed prizes" website page. Owens said that was an oversight which is being corrected.

                Sounds like Owens feels personally responsible for the state losing a chance to claim that $9M jackpot but a serious lottery player will always know where his tickets are and check them before they expire.

                 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   
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                  Posted: March 24, 2011, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

                  a serious lottery player will always know where his tickets are and check them before they expire.

                   I Agree!  SO TRUE!

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

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                    Posted: March 24, 2011, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

                    Better late than never! Congrats to the winner! Now he can pay his 2010 taxes with his lotto win!

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                      Posted: March 24, 2011, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                      Rjoh is right. A "serious player always checks his/her tickerts" but the problem is these "serious" players never win. It's always these idiots who buy tickets and forget to even check them that end up winning. Go figure! Angry

                        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                        Posted: March 24, 2011, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

                        Rjoh is right. A "serious player always checks his/her tickerts" but the problem is these "serious" players never win. It's always these idiots who buy tickets and forget to even check them that end up winning. Go figure! Angry

                        Over the years I've read several stories about lottery winners who waited till the last minute to make a claim but never once thought any of them were idiots.  Remember the guy in New Jersey who mailed in his claim the day before his ticket expired?  I had my doubts about him only because he used the mail. I think some winners prefer to wait until local interest has died down to make their claims.

                        An idiot probaly wouldn't ever know he once had a winning ticket or at best only suspected he had it and lost it after reading about it but wouldn't be able to prove he was ever in the store that sold it.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: March 24, 2011, 8:56 pm - IP Logged

                          Two million a month in unclaimed winnings?

                          I wonder why all those people are buying tickets?

                          I Agree!

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                            Posted: March 24, 2011, 10:18 pm - IP Logged

                            I wonder why that money doesn't go into the jackpot for that game.

                            It's common knowledge that the state practices "voodoo accounting" and what is pluged into the school fund from the lottery is taken out of education money somewhere else.

                            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                            Lep

                            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.