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Lottery prize that would pay $25,000 a year for life remains unclaimed

Somebody bought a Lucky for Life lottery ticket last year in Western Massachusetts that would pay $25,000 a year for life, but the winnings have never been claimed. Now the player only has a few weeks to claim the prize, state lottery officials said.

If the winner does not act within the deadline, he or she would lose all the money, officials said.

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Last Sept. 26, a ticket worth $25,000 a year for life was sold at the Circle K in Whately.

The winning numbers for this drawing were 03-07-12-23-28, with a lucky ball of 30.

Lisa McDonald, a researcher for the lottery, said participants have a year to claim their Lucky For Life prizes after winning numbers have been announced in a drawing.

If no one comes forward, the prize money goes into the state’s general fund.

Also unclaimed is a $25,000 winning ticket sold last August at Foster’s Supermarket in Greenfield.

It will expire next week, McDonald said. The winning numbers for that drawing were 02-05-08-13-22 with a lucky ball of 20.

It is very rare for a lottery winner not to claim prize money, McDonald said.

“About 99 percent of people are conscientiously checking their tickets and never win anything,” McDonald said.

“But that 1 percent of the time, people just put them in a drawer and never claim it. . . . We just want to put out the notion to check your drawers.”

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@
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Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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