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$367K Fantasy 5 Unclaimed

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: August 15, 2006, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

I was going to continue on a previous thread about unclaimed tickets, but this is the largest Fantasy 5 jackpot I've ever seen and it hasn't been claimed yet.  It will expire on Sept 20.  I hope that it's not sitting in somebody's suitcase or glove compartment.  Jackpots for Fantasy 5 are usually around $200-$250K. They started to grow when Fantasy 5 added EZ Match, but I'm not sure if fewer tourists or the lack of interest in spending the extra dollar caused the decrease. (maybe a little of both) Plus this ticket was purchased in March when all the seasonal residents were here. In a few weeks this will not only be posted on the Florida web site, but I'm betting it will be on the tv news too. Like many of the tickets that win, it was purchased in Miami. For the winner's sake, I hope he doesn't think he has a year. I've met several people who think they have a year, not 6 months, to collect the money.

Maybe it's too early for me to post this, since someone might come forward.


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    Posted: August 16, 2006, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

    Good thing it's not a Lotto or Mega Money ticket. In those games you have 60 days from the DRAWING to claim; after that, you are stuck with annuity payments.

      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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      Posted: August 16, 2006, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

      I was going to continue on a previous thread about unclaimed tickets, but this is the largest Fantasy 5 jackpot I've ever seen and it hasn't been claimed yet.  It will expire on Sept 20.  I hope that it's not sitting in somebody's suitcase or glove compartment.  Jackpots for Fantasy 5 are usually around $200-$250K. They started to grow when Fantasy 5 added EZ Match, but I'm not sure if fewer tourists or the lack of interest in spending the extra dollar caused the decrease. (maybe a little of both) Plus this ticket was purchased in March when all the seasonal residents were here. In a few weeks this will not only be posted on the Florida web site, but I'm betting it will be on the tv news too. Like many of the tickets that win, it was purchased in Miami. For the winner's sake, I hope he doesn't think he has a year. I've met several people who think they have a year, not 6 months, to collect the money.

      Maybe it's too early for me to post this, since someone might come forward.

      Sept. 20th isn't that far away so I don't think it was too early to post it. Hopefully someone claims it soon. That is a lot of money to go unclaimed.

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        Posted: August 16, 2006, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

        I was going to continue on a previous thread about unclaimed tickets, but this is the largest Fantasy 5 jackpot I've ever seen and it hasn't been claimed yet.  It will expire on Sept 20.  I hope that it's not sitting in somebody's suitcase or glove compartment.  Jackpots for Fantasy 5 are usually around $200-$250K. They started to grow when Fantasy 5 added EZ Match, but I'm not sure if fewer tourists or the lack of interest in spending the extra dollar caused the decrease. (maybe a little of both) Plus this ticket was purchased in March when all the seasonal residents were here. In a few weeks this will not only be posted on the Florida web site, but I'm betting it will be on the tv news too. Like many of the tickets that win, it was purchased in Miami. For the winner's sake, I hope he doesn't think he has a year. I've met several people who think they have a year, not 6 months, to collect the money.

        Maybe it's too early for me to post this, since someone might come forward.

        You can bet there will be several folks come forward.  There are always a few people who will come forward at the last minute and think telling a tale about losing the ticket will get the state to show pity on them and award them the money.  As long as their claim only involves the lottery commission, a false or unproven claim is usually dismissed with no farther investigation or consequences.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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          Posted: August 20, 2006, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

          You can bet there will be several folks come forward.  There are always a few people who will come forward at the last minute and think telling a tale about losing the ticket will get the state to show pity on them and award them the money.  As long as their claim only involves the lottery commission, a false or unproven claim is usually dismissed with no farther investigation or consequences.

          I bet if there were consequences, most of those people would probably not claim that they lost a ticket. But how would one prove that a person wasn't lying about losing a ticket? I know that the tickets are the bearer of proof, but like you said, it doesn't stop people from trying to come forward with a sob story.

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            Posted: August 20, 2006, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

            where was it sold

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              Posted: August 20, 2006, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

              I bet if there were consequences, most of those people would probably not claim that they lost a ticket. But how would one prove that a person wasn't lying about losing a ticket? I know that the tickets are the bearer of proof, but like you said, it doesn't stop people from trying to come forward with a sob story.

              When several people make the same claim at best only one might be telling the truth but all might actually believe  what they are saying could be near the truth.  When people buy lottery tickets, lose them and then hear about an unclaimed winner, it's easy for some of them to imagine their lost ticket being that winner.

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                justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                Posted: August 20, 2006, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

                where was it sold

                Miami Springs, FL   4-5-20-21-31

                prize: $366,624.29

                number of winners:  1

                There are currently 2 unclaimed tickets, which is actually low for the FL website. Both unclaimed tickets were purchased in Miami.  That's not surprising, since the majority of winners seem to be in Miami anyway.  The one I posted about is the largest, but $37K and $58K prizes expire all the time. Any amount is a waste, but almost $367K??  Ouch! 

                  justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                  Posted: September 7, 2006, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

                  Still unclaimed as of this morning!  Both tickets are still listed.  I hope the unclaimed money really goes to the schools or back into the pot. Getting closer!!

                    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                    Posted: September 23, 2006, 4:12 am - IP Logged

                    Well, it's 9/22 and this one is off the list of unclaimed prizes, nobody claimed it, so I guess it went back into the pool. I might be wrong, but I see no news release indicating that anyone claimed it.  I'm not sure they list all the Fantasy 5 winners, but they usually mention that big ones. $367K is a lot of money to "lose" by misplacing a ticket.