Millions in lottery winnings go unclaimed

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 08:05:01-05

With so much focus on the billion dollar Powerball, a lot of other people are winning smaller amounts, but don't know it

A new report from CNN Money says more than 100 lottery millionaires are missing.

The report says two billion dollars in lottery winnings went unclaimed last year, mostly from people who won five bucks and never bothered to cash in their ticket.

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But more alarming is the news that many people who won a million dollars last year never came forward.

CNN says 114 people won a million dollars in 2015, but never came forward to claim it.

They hear that no one won the Powerball, so they throw their ticket away.

Many ticket buyers don’t realize there are secondary prizes.

So double and triple check your Powerball tickets to make sure you’re not missing out on a second place prize, so you don’t waste your money. 

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