Every year, millions of dollars’ worth kerry899 of lottery winnings go unclaimed due to lost tickets or forgetfulness on our part; unfortunately these prizes will expire without being claimed within their allotted time period and could even become forfeit.
An excellent illustration is the unclaimed $77 Million Powerball jackpot prize from 2011. This ticket was purchased in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
1. $369.9 Million from Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is a state-controlled lottery that raises funds for educational initiatives. Since it first launched in 1988, more than $44 billion have been distributed into Florida’s education system through this lottery.
Lottery winners have the option of receiving either an annuity over 30 years or receiving half of their jackpot minus federal income taxes in one lump sum payment. They also can add a $1 Megaplier ticket that multiplies non-jackpot prizes up to threefold.
Florida Lottery also offers fast-play games called “Fast Play”. These fast-paced, instant cash prize games allow you to win instantaneously by matching words in Word Search or tossing a horseshoe in Horseshoe Ringer – with instant prizes printed directly on tickets! They can be purchased from any authorized Lottery retailer across Florida.
2. PS63.8 Million from Euromillions
Self-employed builder worked through cold winter days with his Euromillions ticket tucked neatly under the visor of his Peugeot Expert before realising he had become a multimillionaire. The National Lottery issued ads vans and hired a town crier in hopes that this anonymous multimillionaire would come forward, but to no avail – instead remaining anonymous himself.
He recently purchased a four-bed home, an Audi R8 and Nissan Qashqai as gifts to himself and family/friends – becoming richer than former One Direction singer Harry Styles and James Bond star Daniel Craig!
If the winner of this life-changing prize does not come forward, the funds will go into the National Lottery Good Causes fund. Camelot has advised players to “triple-check” their tickets.
3. $68 Million from Mega Millions
Mega Millions has now rolled over for an unprecedented 31st time, creating one of the biggest lottery prizes ever offered in US history. Finally, after much deliberation and much waiting time, its winner has claimed their prize and taken possession. Their ticket was purchased from Florida Publix supermarket near Neptune Beach where their winnings will be divided over 30 annual installments.
On Tuesday, the next drawing will take place with winning numbers 16-18-28-42-43 as Megaplier 3X.
Mega Millions is one of America’s two premier lottery games, offering an astounding top prize of $40 Million and second-tier awards of at least $1 Million per ticket sold – all for just $2 each! Mega Millions can be found across 46 states plus D.C. and U.S.VI; winners must contact their state lotteries to claim their winnings.
4. $14.6 Million from Arizona Lottery
An Arizona lotto player was blessed to purchase their winning ticket at Circle K in Goodyear on June 5. Their tickets matched all six numbers in The Pick game of Arizona on this date; they now have 180 days to claim their prize!
Unfortunately, no winner ever came forward to claim this unclaimed jackpot from 1999, even though it was even larger than that.
The Arizona Lottery utilizes unclaimed prizes from unclaimed prizes to fund various programs for Navajo children and abused children, jackpots, promotions and one-time games, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) which pays volunteers to represent abused kids in court proceedings, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Victims Rights Fund all receive a portion.
5. $5 Million from New York Lottery
Each year, many lottery prizes remain unclaimed due to players not realizing there are lower-tier prizes and not checking their tickets regularly enough. Furthermore, many don’t realize their state lottery provides multiple avenues for them to claim these winnings.
One New York Lottery winner who claimed their $5 Million Cash X100 Scratch-off Prize but only took home approximately two million less due to taxes and lump sum option took out at Gristedes Grocery store in Manhattan.
Prizes must be collected within 180 days or they will expire. New York lottery winners who wish to remain anonymous can apply for an alias from the Lottery Commission.