44 Million Dollar Lottery Ticket About To Expire
Dateline, Florida. Capital of the No Sweat News. There’s a million dollar lottery ticket about to expire.
That means there’s a very wealthy person walking around Florida, but they don’t know it yet. And it’s possible they’ll never know they’re a multi-millionaire.
That’s because: it seems like they don’t know that they are in possession of a lottery ticket worth. Get this. 44 million dollars.
There’s a statue of limitations on lottery tickets. And this 44 million dollar lottery ticket is about to expire.
Gone. Zilch. Notta. “You get nothing! Good day!”
According to reports, the lottery ticket was drawn on June 14th of this year at a gas station in Kissimmee, Florida. The big winner was sold at the Sunoco Express on Orange Blossom Trail. If the holder of the winning ticket doesn’t present it at lottery headquarters on or before Monday, December 11th, it becomes just a worthless piece of paper.
What About Local Lottery Tickets?
Now, you may be asking yourself: “What’s the deal with lottery tickets in New Jersey?” How can I know if I have million dollar lottery ticket about to expire?
Well, according to the NJ Lottery website it looks like it’s a year. They made an extension back during COVID and it’s permanent. “Draw” tickets like the Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash Five are a year. You have a year to claim your dough. That’s the deal with Powerball and Megamillions tickets as well. Winners have a year to cash in their tickets for their prize money.
Because they have different release dates, scratch off lottery tickets are a little different. Scratch offs are also a year to claim your money. But, it’s a year after the official game ending date which is different for each scratch off game because they all have differnt . Because the expiration date of scratch off lottery tickets is more confusing, the New Jersey Lottery has a website that is intended to help let you know what has expired.
So, if you have a winning scratch off ticket it probably best to bring that puppy in and collect as soon as possible. Otherwise you might end up on the No Sweat News.
What Happens To Unclaimed Lottery Winnings?
If a winning lotter ticket isn’t claimed the money still exists, so what happens to it? In the case of a multi-state lottery draw like Mega Millions or Powerball the money is returned to state lotteries in proportion to how many tickets each state sold. In New Jersey, 30% of unclaimed lottery winnings must be returned to the state as revenue. The rest is not kicked back into the prize pot for the next drawing, it is considered revenue so it goes into the spending arm of the lottery which directs the money to educational aid and so forth.
So, correct me if I’m wrong: some of your unclaimed lottery winnings is spent by the state of New Jersey? Damn.