A lottery winner has revealed that she hadn’t hit her jackpot for almost a year after not verifying her ticket.
Genine Plummer redeemed her lottery ticket just a few days earlierto claim the price.
Plummer, from Islip, New York, won $1,000 a week for life after matching the first five numbers in the May 26, 2022 Cash4Life drawing.
However, she didn’t immediately verify her ticket after purchasing it at a ShopRite supermarket.
New York Lottery officials warned that the deadline to claim the ticket was May 26, prompting Plummer to double-check her numbers.
Realizing it was a winner, she told the New York Lottery, “I’m in shock and amazed at everything.”
Plummer urged Americans to check their tickets and keep playing luck.
She received her winnings in annual installments of $33,852.
Playing the Cash4Life claim costs the player $2 and has a one in 7.76 chance of winning a prize.
But the odds of winning the grand prize – five matching numbers and the money ball – are more than one in 21 million.
Meanwhile, The US Sun reported how a lottery player landed a big win after being inspired by an article she read.
The Maryland woman won a whopping $50,000 in a Pick 5 lottery game.
She got lucky after studying patterns in the previous Pick 5 draws.
The lottery player was inspired by another winner, also from Maryland, who repeatedly played one of his number combinations after seeing multiple variations of the numbers drawn.
Yandiel Cruz-Chavez won big after realizing the old, crumpled lottery ticket in his wallet was worth a whopping $199,407.
And another lottery winner, known only as George, won a staggering $1 million in a bye.
Math experts have shared their strategies that can help players increase their chances of winning.
Harvard statistician Mark Glickman explained that his Mega Millions strategy is based on the balls the machine produces since the combinations are limited.
YouTuber and math expert Prof. Essa, on the other hand, recommended players to play the games that have the better odds of winning.
She also suggested buying multiple tickets for the same game.