There is ONLY 24 hours between a lottery player and their unclaimed assets as the winning ticket expires.
Lottery players in Florida are being asked to check their bags and pockets for a FANTASY 5 ticket they purchased nearly six months ago.
The $65,000 ticket was purchased at a Port St. Lucie grocery store back in May.
If you normally buy lottery tickets at the Shell Food Mart at 1924 SW Gatlin Blvd. and choose a Quick Pick ticket, luck could be yours.
The Florida Lottery has warned that the $64,564.01 prize will be forfeited on Wednesday.
Prizes must be redeemed within 180 days of the applicable draw date, in this case May 26, 2023.
The numbers were drawn in a midday drawing and the lottery organization has been searching for the owner ever since.
A press release said the winning numbers were: 13, 20, 22, 32, 35.
Even those who don’t think they are are encouraged to double-check their numbers.
The ticket can be validated at any Florida Lottery retailer, but the FANTASY 5 grand prize must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office.
Every year, billions of dollars in lottery winnings remain unused.
A lottery player in Ohio won and subsequently lost $4 million on the Mega Millions after failing to cash it in before the expiration date.
Likewise, lottery officials in Iowa were forced to go on a manhunt when a $2 million Powerball prize went unclaimed.
Lottery expert Brett Jacobson says many second-prize ticket holders often don’t realize they’ve won.
Secondary prizes are awarded for tickets that contain only a few, but not all, jackpot numbers.
Jacobson noted that in 2015, there were 115 $1 million prizes that went unclaimed.