THREE lucky lottery players are walking around, unaware that unclaimed tickets have left them thousands of dollars richer.
In Washington, Match 4 Lotto has warned players they only have a few weeks left to win three $10,000 jackpots.
Players have 180 days from the draw date to claim their winnings, otherwise the money will remain in the state lottery fund.
A four-in-a-row lottery ticket from Kirkland resulted in a drawing on April 8th.
The owner of the winning ticket numbers 02, 04, 15 and 19 has until October 5th to claim their prize.
Meanwhile, on May 30, another winner from Sammamish unknowingly won the jackpot with the numbers: 01, 04, 13, 24.
That person has until November 26th to make the claim or they will forfeit their prize.
Finally, a winner who purchased a ticket at Moses Lake and won the June 27 drawing has until December 24 to claim the money.
The winning numbers are: 11, 17, 18, 20.
The Washington State Legislature states: “Unclaimed winnings will be held in the eligible person’s state lottery account for one hundred and eighty days after the drawing.”
“If no claim to the prize is made within this period, all rights to the prize will expire and the prize will remain in the State Lottery Fund for further use as prize, except that one third of all unclaimed prize money will be retained,” on the strategic Reserve Account for Economic Development shall be deposited.”
“On June 30 of each fiscal year, any unclaimed prize balance in excess of ten million dollars must be deposited into the Washington Opportunity Pathways account.”
To claim a prize, players should first verify their numbers on the Washington Lottery website or app.
Numbers can also be verified at a lottery retailer’s “Check-A-Ticket” machine or by calling the winner hotline at 1-800-545-7510.
Anyone who finds out they have a winning ticket should sign the back of it and keep it safe.
Tickets with prizes over $600 and less than $100,000 should call the lottery office to schedule an appointment to verify the winner.
To claim the prize, the player must bring the ticket, a photo ID, a document with their social security number or a prize claim form.
Meanwhile, The US Sun reported two tickets worth a total of $8 million were set to expire.
And in Indianapolis, a $1,000-a-week Cash4life winning ticket for life expires next month.