Man threw away $153,000 lottery ticket
A British postal worker said his marriage ended and he has become a laughing stock at work because he threw away a $153,000 scratch-off lottery ticket.
Cemal Celikkanat, 38, a driver for the Royal Mail, said he thought the dollar amounts on the scratch-off card he purchased at Charnock News and Booze in Sheffield had to be in a row to win, but the card pays out for any three-of-a-kind dollar amounts, the Sheffield Telegraph reported Friday.
When I found out I felt dizzy and dropped to my ...
Apr 23, 2010, 8:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Nick of time: N.Z. man claims lottery prize 1 day before expiration
Talk about cutting it close.
A man in Auckland, New Zealand claimed his lottery prize of $391,581 just 24 hours before the ticket would have expired.
He had kept the ticket in a drawer a year ago and forgotten about it.
The first division winning ticket was sold 12 months ago in Ponsonby.
As far as we're aware this is the first time a major prize has been claimed the day before its expiry date. If the winner had waited another day he would have unfortunately received nothing, Fox Ne ...
Apr 20, 2010, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery forced to revise budget after law change found
Arkansas' lottery director said Wednesday he wasn't aware that the Legislature changed how money from unclaimed prizes is to be managed a move that required lottery officials to revise their 2011 budget.
The revised lottery budget allocates $11 million less for scholarships and overall revenue is projected to drop by $14 million. However, the lottery has been taking in money above projections, and the original scholarship budget target of $116 million could still be met.
We will do our be ...
Apr 9, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
$250,000 Va. lottery ticket expires Monday
The clock is ticking on a Mega Millions ticket worth a quarter-of-a-million dollars.
The ticket was purchased last October in Chesterfield, Virginia, and no one has come forward to claim the prize. If the ticket is not redeemed by 5 p.m. Monday, it will expire.
The $250,000 ticket was bought at a gas station across from the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Oct. 13. The buyer matched the first five numbers to win the regional game's second-biggest payout.
The winning numbers from that d ...
Apr 9, 2010, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
$2.5M Indiana lottery ticket found in the nick of time
Eric White didn't realize he'd left $2.5 million sitting on the desk in the office in his Indianapolis home for six months.
On Friday, he and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing a week after the lottery officials said the prize wouldn't be awarded because the 180-day deadline had passed. Officials extended the deadline to Feb. 22 after saying the date had been miscalculated.
Lori White, 38, said she sent her hu ...
Feb 20, 2010, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner has days to collect millions
Indiana lottery officials say they miscalculated the deadline to collect the winnings from a $2.5 million jackpot ticket, and are allowing more time for the winner to come forward.
The Hoosier Lottery office says the deadline for claiming the jackpot from the Aug. 19 drawing has been extended until Feb. 22.
Lottery officials had said the jackpot expired as of 5 p.m. Friday, but now say that was incorrect because the day of the drawing was mistakenly included in the 180-day limit to claim t ...
Feb 16, 2010, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Md. man claims $250K prize 1 day before deadline
An Elkton, Maryland, man claimed a $250,000 Mega Millions prize with one day left before he missed the deadline.
The 52-year-old man, whose name wasn't released by Maryland Lottery officials last week, was preparing to pay his truck insurance Dec. 18 when he happened upon the ticket that was bought in June.
It's up for renewal every six months, the winner said of his insurance. I was putting the insurance papers in my console, and that's when I saw the Mega Millions ticket.
After find ...
Dec 28, 2009, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. teacher claims lottery prize 2 hours before it expires
With only two hours to spare, an Albuquerque teacher claimed a $10,000 Powerball prize scheduled to expire today at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Daskalos, a social studies teacher at the Albuquerque Talent Development Secondary Charter School, arrived at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters at 2:30 p.m. after clerks at the Chevron Redi-Mart No. 90 confirmed his ticket as a winner from the Sept. 16 Powerball drawing.
They said 'Hurry, hurry, you only have two hours,' Daskalos recalled. It was a squeaker ...
Dec 16, 2009, 8:34 pm - Lottery News forum
California Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $200K to expire Monday
A lottery ticket worth more than $200,000 that was bought in Coronado, California, remains unclaimed, and lottery officials yesterday warned that the prize will expire in three days.
The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold Feb. 4 at Avenue Liquor on Orange Avenue near Ninth Street, California Lottery officials said.
It hit five winning numbers 1, 27, 28, 35 and 40 but missed the Mega number, 6.
The ticket, which is worth $211,387, will expire at 5 p.m. Monday, officials said. If it is ...
Aug 21, 2009, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery players' prize claim period cut in half
From now on, Connecticut Lottery winners will have six months less time to claim their prizes, in a change expected to reap $6.1 million in unclaimed prize money for the cash-starved state government during the first year.
Effective Aug. 2, the Connecticut Lottery Corp. adopted a prize redemption period of 180 days, discarding the longtime claim period of 365 days.
Last year, $604 million in Connecticut Lottery winnings were awarded and $13 million went unclaimed, roughly in line with the ...
Aug 13, 2009, 1:05 am - Lottery News forum