Millions in prize money never claimed by NJ lottery players
While the New Jersey Lottery pays out well over $1.8 billion in prize money each year, players lose out on tens of millions more when they fail to claim their winnings.
In just the past eight years, about $317.7 million in payouts have been forfeited by players who fail to cash in their ticket within a year as lottery rules require.
While lottery players are more diligent in some years than others, there's been at least $33.9 million forfeited every year since 2008.
Winners have a year ...
May 23, 2016, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Wisconsin goes unclaimed
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 Wisco ...
Apr 4, 2016, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
With $63M jackpot expiring today, Calif. Lottery sued by owner of damaged ticket
A man who claims he purchased the winning $63 million SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased in Chatsworth has taken legal action to be declared the winner as lottery officials continue their search for a last-minute winner.
The winning ticket for the Aug. 8 drawing was sold at the 7-Eleven store located at 20871 Lassen Street and whoever bought that ticket has 180 days to claim their prize, Lottery Post reported.
The ticket matched all of the winning numbers: 1, 16, 30, 33, and 46, with Mega nu ...
Feb 4, 2016, 2:16 pm - Lottery News forum
$63 million California Lottery jackpot expires Thursday
Like a magical horse-drawn carriage that transforms into a pumpkin at midnight, someone's winning $63-million lottery ticket is about to turn into a worthless scrap of paper, according to California Lottery officials.
A winning SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased at a Chatsworth convenience store in August has yet to be redeemed at a California Lottery office, even though a deadline is fast approaching.
If the lucky winner fails to show up at a lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday, they will for ...
Feb 3, 2016, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
$63 million California Lottery ticket expires soon
State no longer publishes surveillance video of ticket purchases to find winners
A $63 million Super Lotto prize may become the largest unclaimed prize in California, but many prizes big and small go unclaimed every year, a spokesperson for the California Lottery Commission said Saturday.
Roughly $25 million per year in winnings are not claimed, said Alex Traverso.
So, it's quite a bit of money when you add it up, he said.
The lottery winner in Southern California still has not clai ...
Dec 17, 2015, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery looking for $63 million winner
Someone could be $63 million richer, but just doesn't know it yet.
The California Lottery is looking for the winner of a SuperLotto Plus ticket valued at $63 million, which was sold in August at a 7-Eleven store, at 20871 Lassen St., in Chatsworth.
It's been three months since the winning ticket was drawn on Aug. 8 and a winner was announced.
But even after all that time, no one has called to claim the huge prize, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. And the time to claim the winnings ...
Nov 11, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery fears website error caused players to discard winning tickets
By Todd Northrop
The United Kingdom National Lottery is putting out an urgent call for players to re-check their Lotto tickets from the Oct. 10 drawing because the Lottery published the wrong numbers on their website.
To promote the re-launching of the revamped Lotto game on Oct. 10, the UK National Lottery held an expanded raffle drawing that awarded 25 prizes of 1,000,000 (US$1.5 million). During a normal drawing the lottery would award just one prize of 1,000,000.
When the winning ra ...
Nov 1, 2015, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
UPDATE: $15 million winning Florida Lotto ticket expires tonight
By Todd Northrop
For one person who bought a winning Florida Lotto ticket in April, there are just hours to go before that piece of paper becomes worthless.
The current value of that lottery ticket? $15 million. As of late Friday it was still unclaimed, and if the ticket-holder does not turn in the winning ticket by midnight tonight, their dreams will just be dreams.
The ticket was purchased April 22 at The Beer and Liquor Store on Morrison Avenue, just east of Military Trail in western ...
Oct 19, 2015, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million goes unclaimed
Prize money goes to state school aid fund
A winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Michigan expired Wednesday and the $1 million prize went to the state School Aid Fund.
The ticket, which expired at 4:45 p.m., was sold in Grand Rapids at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids. The winner matched the first five numbers drawn 25, 28, 36, 45, and 53 in the Aug. 5, 2014 drawing.
Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing.
It wa ...
Aug 6, 2015, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
$1M Mega Millions prize sold in Michigan to expire soon
Just two weeks remain for the lucky Michigan winner of a $1 million Mega Millions prize to come forward and claim the big prize.
It has been 11 months since one lucky ticket matched the first five numbers 25, 28, 36, 45, and 53 in the Aug. 5, 2014 Mega Millions drawing to win $1 million. The Lottery has yet to hear from the lucky winner.
The winning ticket was purchased at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids.
Tickets for Mega Millions are valid for one ...
Jul 22, 2015, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum