A HAPPY lottery player could soon have 44 million reasons to regret not checking his ticket.
The lottery has announced that an unclaimed winning ticket worth $44 million purchased at a gas station is about to expire.
The Florida Lottery is again urging players to check their tickets.
A $44 million lottery prize has sat unused for nearly six months with no winner able to claim it.
There is a risk of the jackpot being wiped out.
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a Sunoco Express Kissimmee, according to the Florida Lottery.
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It was for the June 14th draw and the winning numbers were 9-13-15-46-51-21.
Typically, winning players have one year to claim their ticket. However, in Florida, winners have 180 days to claim their winnings.
This ticket expires at midnight on December 11th.
The lottery does not forgive players who attempt to cash in their winnings after their ticket has been invalidated.
Winning tickets may be validated at any Florida Lottery retailer, but the prize must be picked up at lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.
Anyone struggling with gambling addiction can call the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling website.
HOW TO PLAY QUICK PICK
In the Florida lottery, each person chooses six numbers from one to 53.
However, checking the “Quick Select” box will make the process easier for you as the selection will be random.
Players can also pay an additional $1 to add “Double Play” and potentially win additional prizes.
Some people with lucky numbers may not know that you can ask the retailer to play them in additional drawings.
With respect to unclaimed prizes, state law requires that 80% of unclaimed prize money from expired tickets be transferred directly to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
The remaining 20% goes back into the prize pool, from which future prizes will be awarded or used for special promotions.
A lot of money could soon flow into education funding in Florida.
There’s a final countdown to a $43,000 lottery jackpot that’s about to expire with a ticket purchased at the supermarket.
And a $40,000 lottery prize expired a few days ago after going unclaimed for six months.
Of course, players must remember that purchasing the ticket is not the final step to winning.
You have to check if you won.
Across the country, millions more are at risk of becoming nothing.
The lottery is warning players to check their tickets for an unclaimed jackpot of $2.26 million.
And a winning ticket worth $4 million remains unclaimed after being purchased at a gas station.