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$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Wisconsin goes unclaimed

Apr 4, 2016, 8:03 pm

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The Powerball ticket could be at the bottom of a garbage can. Or wedged into a glove compartment. Perhaps it went through the laundry, never to be seen again.

Regardless, the unknown holder of the ticket lost a lot of money. The ticket, purchased in Eau Claire in September, was worth a cool $1 million, but since it wasn't redeemed by the March deadline, the money goes toward property tax relief.

"The winner did not come forward," said Stephanie Marquis, communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. "I don't know why."

We'll probably never know why the ticket-buyer didn't collect the money. But the most obvious reason is that the ticket was lost, or the buyer never knew it was a winner. The odds of capturing a $1 million Powerball prize are 1 in 5,153,633.

"It's not very common to have a $1 million winner not come forward," said Marquis.

Marquis said the Department of Revenue posted notices that the deadline for redeeming the ticket, which was purchased Sept. 23 from a Kwik Trip in Eau Claire. The deadline for redeeming it was March 21. By law, winners of lotto games in Wisconsin have 180 days to claim their prizes.

Unclaimed winnings are nothing new in Wisconsin.

Since 1997, more than $57 million has gone unclaimed, according to figures supplied by Wisconsin Lottery officials and the Department of Revenue. The amount typically falls between $2 and $4 million annually.

In fiscal year 2015, more than $2.2 million went unclaimed, Marquis said previously. That total included Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks, Supercash, Badger 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4 — but not scratch-off tickets.

Most of the unclaimed winnings are due to lost tickets or a disinterest in redeeming smaller cash prizes.

But failing to redeem a $1 million winner is stunning.

"It's pretty rare," Marquis said.

Post-Crescent, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

The winner didn't want the money--was just playing for fun-lol

Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

“Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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    Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

    Check your Lottery Tickets People: Don't let this happen to You!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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      Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

      If the lottery officials knew the date it was purchased, and where it was purchased from. Why couldn't they had just looked back at the video recording for that particular day and see who purchased the ticket. If they done this, before the dead line was up,   then  they could have contacted that person or persons to let them know they won. But I guess that would be to much like right.  And they seen a way to keep the money themselves.  lol

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        Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

        Looks like the "big one" from January might go "unclaimed as well"

        Pending
        California
        January 13, 2016Pending$1,586,400,000.00 annuity (split)
        $983,505,233.36 cash (split)

        ummm!

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          Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:21 pm - IP Logged

          Yikes, that's a lot of money. Treat your tickets like cash.

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

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            Posted: April 4, 2016, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

            Looks like the "big one" from January might go "unclaimed as well"

            Pending
            California
            January 13, 2016Pending$1,586,400,000.00 annuity (split)
            $983,505,233.36 cash (split)

            ummm!

            I Agree! That ticket is lost as well. Pity.

             "We are all in this together!" 

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              Posted: April 5, 2016, 12:57 am - IP Logged

              For all the reasons that states that do no allow winners to remain anonymous use, the players should throw this right back at them and say, "How do we know there really was a winner?"

              As ekem6078 brought up, why no tracking the person down by watching the surveillance tape?

              Hey Wisconsin -and other states - if the players can't remain anonymous the state can't remain 'anonymous'!

              Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

              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.

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                Posted: April 5, 2016, 1:37 am - IP Logged

                For all the reasons that states that do no allow winners to remain anonymous use, the players should throw this right back at them and say, "How do we know there really was a winner?"

                As ekem6078 brought up, why no tracking the person down by watching the surveillance tape?

                Hey Wisconsin -and other states - if the players can't remain anonymous the state can't remain 'anonymous'!

                Most newer security systems record on a re-recordable hard drive which has a 7-day memory capacity. After 7 days passes, it records over what happened 7 days before. So, it wouldn't have any recording from 180 days in the past.

                People who buy lottery tickets just have to take better care of what they do with their tickets!

                Stooges

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                  Posted: April 5, 2016, 2:07 am - IP Logged

                  "Property tax relief"       

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                    Posted: April 5, 2016, 6:36 am - IP Logged

                    Outright careless!!! A fool and his money soon part they say... And this person is a fool. LOL

                    Money is a terrible master, but a great servant...Smile

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                      Posted: April 5, 2016, 8:45 am - IP Logged

                      Yikes, that's a lot of money. Treat your tickets like cash.

                      I Agree!

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                        Posted: April 5, 2016, 9:05 am - IP Logged

                        This is beyond sad

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                          Posted: April 5, 2016, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

                          Some folk just don't like dealing with money. They may play the lottery but really don't care whether they win or lose. Kinda like people who are ' redlight runners'- they know they could get T- boned or worse, but they just don't care. 

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                            Posted: April 5, 2016, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

                            I don't know if anyone can understand this, but it kind of irks me.
                            Almost like seeing a kid you care about, who does not eat everything on his plate, and having to tell him:

                            Don't you know there are people starving in Japan?

                             

                            (actually, you wouldn't use Japan as an example, but other places would substitute just fine.)

                            • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                            • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                            • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                                       (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                            • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.