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Lottery Winnings Go Unclaimed
If you have an old lottery ticket hanging around the house, a big lump of money may be waiting for you.
"It does happen quite a bit, about $2 million go unclaimed each month," Illinois Lottery spokesperson Mike Lang said.
Lottery reps said the smaller prize tickets and scratch-offs add up, because winners don't come forward. Players tend to say how they would spend their money, but one local winner may lose their chance at getting rich quick.
"We have a big one here in Springfield that looks like it's probably going to go unclaimed," Lang said. "$150,000 Lucky Day Lotto ticket that expires February 27."
Springfield resident Jamelle Fedderson couldn't believe someone did not claim the large amount of money.
"What's wrong with you?," Fedderson said. "Did you lose it? In that case, I really feel bad for you."
Surprisingly, losing a ticket is not uncommon. One Illinois man matched three numbers for the Mega Millions and lost the ticket in a stack of papers.
"About three months later after the drawing, he was just cleaning up his desk, he found it and said, 'I better check it,'" Lang said. "And boom, there it was. He won a million dollars."