New Yorkers left $37M in lottery prizes unclaimed
A whopping $37.6 million in lottery prizes went unclaimed in New York last year from dreamers who plunked down their dollars for Powerball, Mega Millions and other tickets and never bothered to check them, according to New York Lottery statistics.
The clock just ran out for one lucky $10,000 Powerball winner who bought his ticket for the Sept. 17, 2011, drawing at College Wines Liquors on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The ticket holder had until midnight yesterday to claim the prize.
A lot ...
Sep 17, 2012, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Louisiana lottery winnings of $11M went unclaimed last year
Nearly $11 million in lottery winnings in Louisiana went unclaimed in the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to Louisiana lottery officials. The year before, unclaimed prize money totaled $8.5 million.
Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, assumes some of the unclaimed prizes involve people who throw out their Mega Millions or Power Ball tickets after doing a quick check and realizing they didn't match the first few ...
Sep 11, 2012, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Two big-money Mega Millions tickets could be lost, CA Lottery official says
Two months after a record-breaking Mega Millions lottery draw, two tickets valued at $227,955 each remain unclaimed, and a California Lottery official said Wednesday the tickets including one sold in Hollywood may very well have been lost.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said he would lean toward predicting that the two tickets, which matched five of six winning numbers, will never be turned in, considering how much time has passed since the $656 million draw in March.
But, he s ...
May 31, 2012, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed Idaho Lottery prizes add up to millions
With the recent $650 million Mega Millions jackpot a lot of us started dreaming about what we'd do with all that money. But every year in Idaho some people just need to wake up to realize that they are winners. For whatever reason, they never claim their prizes. That unclaimed money really adds up.
Over the last two years we've had about $6 million go unclaimed from lottery tickets, said Idaho Lottery spokesman David Workman. That total comes from scratch tickets and all the different games ...
May 2, 2012, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Almost-millionaire on a 15-year political pilgrimage
Still hasn't given up fight for $5.8 million
It all started with a lottery ticket.
For Clarence Jackson, life over the past 15 years has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that began with a once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a multimillionaire.
Jackson was the guy who held the winning ticket for $5.8 million and tried unsuccessfully to cash it after he missed the one-year deadline by three days.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of a memorable debate in t ...
Mar 19, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
$77M Powerball lottery ticket to expire Monday
What would you do if you won a $77 million lottery jackpot? What would you do if you didn't discover that you had the winning ticket until AFTER the deadline for claiming the prize?
That's the scenario that could play out next week, because the 180-day window for the Georgia Lottery player who won the June 29 Powerball jackpot to come forward slams shut on Monday.
That winning ticket, with the numbers 24, 30, 45, 57, and 59, with Powerball number 26, was sold at the Pilot Travel Center tru ...
Dec 22, 2011, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed Iowa lottery jackpot to expire Dec. 29
Even if claimed, winner gets $2M less due to fallen interest rates
Time appears to be running out on somebody's multimillion-dollar lottery payday.
Terry Rich, chief operating officer of the Iowa Lottery, said Tuesday the one-month countdown has begun for a Hot Lotto ticket that matched the jackpot numbers in last year's Dec. 29 drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at a Des Moines convenience store and will expire this Dec. 29 if the prize isn't claimed by then, he said.
It is sad ...
Dec 1, 2011, 11:55 am - Lottery News forum
Deadline for claiming $16.5M Hot Lotto jackpot nears
Winner has 3 months left to claim prize
The Iowa Lottery has a message for folks who drove through Des Moines just before New Year's Day almost nine months ago:
Dig deep into your dresser drawer and the car's glove compartment. Empty out your purse and shake out your wallet. Check your pants pockets and your backpack.
Time is running out for a mystery lottery player to claim a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Dec. 29 for the winner to present the ticket at Iowa ...
Sep 21, 2011, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum
PA lottery prize worth $350,000 to expire Sept. 29
Unclaimed, jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket was sold in Carbon County
Time is running out for the holder of a jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Cash 5 ticket worth nearly $350,000 from the Sept. 29, 2010, drawing to claim the prize.
The ticket and prize will expire one year from the date of the drawing.
The deadline for claiming this prize is just two weeks away, and we hate to see prizes go unclaimed said Todd Rucci, Lottery Executive Director. I encourage players to check closets, wallets, c ...
Sep 16, 2011, 1:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum