By Todd Northrop
NEW YORK — There could be a millionaire walking around Manhattan who doesn't even know it, but they're going to lose it all very soon if they don't figure it out within the next week.
A $24 million lottery ticket from the May 25, 2016, drawing remains unclaimed and will be worthless after next Thursday unless it is turned in.
The winning ticket was purchased at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco located at 158 Church Street in Tribeca.
"A lucky New Yorker has a $24 million Lotto payday just waiting — but the winner has to act fast as time is running out," said Gweneth Dean, Director of the Commission's Division of the Lottery. "We urge New York Lottery players: Check your pockets. Check your glove box. Look under the couch cushions. If you have this winning ticket, we look forward to meeting you."
Prizes can be claimed up to a year after the drawing, which means the lucky winner has just about one week to come forward and collect the $24 million Lottery prize.
The winning numbers drawn were 5, 12, 13, 22, 25, and 35, with Bonus number 51?. To win the jackpot, a ticket needs to match the six numbers drawn, but not the Bonus. (The Bonus number is used to determined 2nd-prize winners.)
Lottery officials recommend that the ticket holder sign the back of the ticket and contact them immediately. The winner may claim the ticket at any one of the Lottery's Customer Service Centers across the state.
The winner can also call New York Lottery’s Prize Payments Office for help at 518-388-3370.
If the prize is not claimed by May 25, 2017, the prize money will be returned to the prize pool for future winners. It is sometimes used to subsidize prizes for large jackpots, promotions and/or special one-time games.
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