AN unrevealed Florida lottery winner has yet to claim their prize with the deadline just days away.
Shell Food Mart located at 1924 SW Gatlin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie, sold the winning FANTASY 5 Quick-Pick ticket.
Florida lottery prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date, which in this case was May 26, 2023.
If the winner chooses to come forth and claim their $65,000 prize, they’ll have to do it before Wednesday.
The ticket can be validated by any Florida Lottery retailer, but the FANTASY 5 top prize has to be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office.
Lottery winners going MIA right before their ticket expires isn’t uncommon.
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Billions of dollars in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year.
A lottery player in Ohio purchased a winning $4 million Mega Millions ticket and hadn’t claimed it prior to its expiration date.
Similarly, lottery officials in Iowa were concerned when a $2 million Powerball prize went unclaimed.
Lottery expert Brett Jacobson says that many ticket holders of secondary prizes oftentimes don’t realize they’ve won.
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Secondary prizes are issued for tickets that contain a few, but not all of the jackpot numbers.
Jacobson noted that there were 115 prizes worth $1 million that went unclaimed in 2015.
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