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3 N.J. lottery tickets worth $700K about to expire

Dec 7, 2012, 7:03 am

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New Jersey LotteryNew Jersey Lottery: 3 N.J. lottery tickets worth $700K about to expireRating:

TRENTON, N.J. — Picture this: You've been holding a winning lottery ticket worth $200,000 or $250,000 for nearly one year without claiming the prize.

That is the head-scratching reality that has befallen three winning lottery tickets set to expire this month, including one that was sold in Eatontown, said Judith Drucker, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery.

A lottery winner has one year from the drawing to claim the prize.

If a winner fails to do so, the money goes back into the lottery and may be used for future prizes or state contributions, Drucker said.

The two $250,000 Mega Millions tickets were bought Dec. 23, 2011, and Dec. 27, 2011.

The first was purchased at Orange Liquors on ­Scotland Road in Orange with winning numbers 3, 5, 8, 18 and 29; Mega Ball 14; and Megaplier 4.

The other was purchased at Street Corner News at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown with winning numbers 23, 32, 33, 39 and 43; Mega Ball 8; and Megaplier 3, Drucker said.

The $200,000 Powerball ticket was bought Dec. 24, 2011, at Milleries Food Market on Rancocas Road in Mount Holly.

Its numbers were 14, 16, 30, 51 and 52; Red Ball 19; and Powerplay Multiplier 2, Drucker said.

Those holding these tickets should immediately call lottery headquarters at 609-599-5800 or visit a local lottery retailer to file their claims before expiration, Drucker said.

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United States
Member #111438
May 25, 2011
6323 Posts
Posted: December 7, 2012, 7:26 am - IP Logged

These people are obviously afraid of having their identities revealed.  Hiding Behind Computer

As demonstrated in recent threads, there are folks who value their anonymity far more than any jackpot amount.

Here's hoping that they are safe and secure from ever being known, and that they may continue to never be known for anything.  Cheers

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    United States
    Member #123286
    February 17, 2012
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    Posted: December 7, 2012, 7:33 am - IP Logged

    Isn't that something?

    I can't believe how many unclaimed prizes are out there!

    Must be new players or players who played so long they don't expect

    a win to the point of not even check their numbers anymore.


    OK New Jersy start checking your sock drawers, cookie jar, between cushions.


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      Member #132451
      September 4, 2012
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      Posted: December 7, 2012, 7:34 am - IP Logged

      Seriously?  Oh my, I might be insaned for the rest of my life, if I will find out that my winning ticket has expired.  I know that as lottery players, we should take care of our tickets and double-checked it first at least weekly.

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        Member #81738
        October 28, 2009
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        Posted: December 7, 2012, 8:13 am - IP Logged

        Hope the winners find their tickets, would be a shame to miss out.

        Hi LP family, won't be posting for a couple days, Hurt my right arm.

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          Posted: December 7, 2012, 8:21 am - IP Logged

          $200000 would be so cool to have as we're approaching christmas.

          That money's gone fo ever

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            Member #121957
            January 21, 2012
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            Posted: December 7, 2012, 8:55 am - IP Logged

            Makes me sick reading about these. Theres a big one in Europe that expires soon.

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              Member #133458
              September 30, 2012
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              Posted: December 7, 2012, 9:07 am - IP Logged

              People who do not want to lose their anonymity? Better confirm that decision with the spouse. Hit With Stick 


              Wealthy person who feels guilty? Donate the ticket to a worthy cause. Hyper

              Newbies/Disillusioned players who lost it? Thud

              "Do everything you can. Then, leave the rest to luck."

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                November 29, 2011
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                Posted: December 7, 2012, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                I live in Eatontown, NJ and unfortunately it's not me holding onto any winning ticket. Too bad. I'll bet the persons have lost the tickets and will not claim them in time.

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                  Chief Bottle Washer
                  New Jersey
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                  Posted: December 7, 2012, 10:10 am - IP Logged

                  Makes me sick reading about these. Theres a big one in Europe that expires soon.

                  It already expired.


                  Check the State Lottery Report Card
                  What grade did your lottery earn?


                  Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                  Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                    Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
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                    June 29, 2011
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                    Posted: December 7, 2012, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                    I live in Eatontown, NJ and unfortunately it's not me holding onto any winning ticket. Too bad. I'll bet the persons have lost the tickets and will not claim them in time.

                    you're the first one I thought of when I read the article.

                    Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                      June 23, 2010
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                      Posted: December 7, 2012, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

                      I hope they claim these winnings.

                        Pittsburgh, PA
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                        July 1, 2011
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                        Posted: December 9, 2012, 3:46 pm - IP Logged

                        Being these three dates are all around Christmas day, I'm thinking that these tickets may have been purchased as Christmas gifts for someone.  They may have not bothered checking the tickets.  Or, they may have thought they would never win anything.  Or, they may not have even liked the present.  Just my thoughts.  But regardless, it's too bad how many people have missed out on a financial blessing.

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                          Posted: December 9, 2012, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

                          If they were purchased as Christmas presents maybe they got thrown out with all the wrapping paper. Of course it's not all from accidental losses while cleaning up Christmas wrapping paper, but the average annual value of unredeemed gift cards in the US is in the vicinity of $6 billlion. Of course nobody ever failed to redeem a gift card that was worth $200 to $250k, but unclaimed lottery prizes are fairly small compared to gift cards.