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.
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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