Lawmakers going after unclaimed lottery money
So a guy walks into a gas station, buys a scratch-off, wins a few bucks, gets distracted with some fool thing and eventually puts the lucky ticket through the wash in his Wranglers. It happens. No big deal.
But for state lawmakers in a tough budget year nationwide, the unclaimed prizes are adding up to a tempting pot of cash.
It's something we've seen an increased interest in this year, said Jon Griffin, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington.
Mar 4, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year
It is hard for some to believe, but even as some Americans dream of hitting it big in the Lotto, Powerball, and Mega Millions jackpots, for some it might have happened and whizzed by unnoticed.
Happens all the time, says Illinois Lottery chief Michael Jones. People misinterpret whether they won or lost. People misplace tickets all the time.
Jones said the lottery estimates about one percent of all lottery prizes go unclaimed. And, considering the Illinois games raked in about $3 billion ...
Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
The man who lost a $5 million lottery ticket
Like many who buy a Lottery ticket, Martyn Tott never seriously contemplated the possibility that he would actually win.
Of course, it would have been wonderful, but he was largely happy with his rather humdrum life. When he realized he'd scooped the 3,011,065 jackpot, however, his opinion changed somewhat.
Suddenly, a social life that revolved around Chinese takeaways, pints of ale and Saturday nights spent rock 'n' roll dancing at the local town hall seemed positively mundane.
So, too ...
Dec 19, 2012, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Powerball winner goes unclaimed in Idaho
A $1 million lottery prize has gone unclaimed six months after the winning ticket was sold at a Meridian, Idaho, convenience store.
Someone bought the $2 Powerball quick pick from the Maverik store at North Locust Grove Road and East McMillian Road June 19. It won the jackpot June 20, but no one ever claimed the prize within 180 days as required.
The store that sold the winning ticket will still get the $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
Lottery officials say it's a great reminder to ...
Dec 19, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho $1M Powerball ticket to expire Friday
Time is quickly running out for the holder of an unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket that was sold last summer.
The ticket will expire Friday at 3 p.m. if the holder does not arrive in Boise at Idaho Lottery Headquarters to claim their prize.
The winning ticket was sold for the June 20 Powerball draw from an Idaho Lottery retail location in Meridian. The ticket matched the first five numbers from that night's draw, but not the Powerball itself. The winning numbers for that night were 11, ...
Dec 12, 2012, 10:17 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions lottery jackpot of $102 million goes unclaimed
In the United Kingdom, a mystery lottery player has lost out on a 64 million (US$102.5 million) fortune after the deadline to claim the prize expired and the money was handed to charity.
The unlucky individual, who bought the winning EuroMillions ticket in Hertfordshire on June 8th, had until 11pm yesterday to collect the massive windfall.
But despite a National Lottery publicity campaign, the would-be multi-millionaire missed the 180-day deadline making the 63,837,543.60 prize the biggest ...
Dec 7, 2012, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
3 N.J. lottery tickets worth $700K about to expire
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 ...
Dec 7, 2012, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
$250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland expires next week
By Todd Northrop
The final claim date is quickly approaching for the owner of a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions ticket purched in Maryland at the end of March.
The ticket must be claimed by Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm.
The winning ticket was from the $656 million Mega Millions drawing on Friday, Match 30, 2012, and was purchased at 7-11, located at 9709 Beaver Dam Road in Timonium.
The winning numbers for the March 30 Mega Millions drawing were 2, 4, 23, 38, and 46, with ...
Sep 21, 2012, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
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