$7.5 Million Georgia Mega Millions Jackpot Still UnclaimedWednesday October 19th 2016
Mega Millions players in Georgia are being urged to double-check their tickets as the hunt continues to find the winner of a $7.5 million prize. The reward, which dates back to the drawing on July 22nd, was half of a $15 million jackpot.
The winning ticket was purchased from a Kroger grocery store in Dallas, a city with a population of just over 22,500. The playslip was one of two to successfully hit the jackpot, with the other ticket purchased in Virginia. The lucky player matched the numbers 8, 24, 25, 26, 30 and Mega Ball 7 to win the seven-figure prize. Winning ticket holders have just 180 days to claim any lottery winnings in Georgia, meaning that time is rapidly running out for the player to make themselves known to officials. If you think that you could be the fortunate winner, visit the Georgia Lottery page for more information on how to claim your prize.
Mega Millions players from Georgia aren’t the only ones being encouraged to check their tickets. It has recently been revealed that players in Wisconsin have missed out on more than $60 million since 1997, including upwards of $3.7 million in 2016 alone. In a study carried out by the USA Today Network, figures have sharply increased in the northern state as people unwittingly throw away their old lottery tickets which can sometimes be worth thousands of dollars. Non-jackpot winning tickets and tickets worth only a small amount of money are often the likeliest to be discarded.
In Georgia, a Powerball jackpot of $77 million went unclaimed in 2011, and when no winner came forward before the deadline, the money was then returned to each participating state. Unclaimed lottery prizes in the Peach State are used to offer prizes in future drawings and games.
With the odds of winning any Mega Millions prize set at 1 in 14.7, a prize is never too far away. So, before consigning a non-jackpot winning ticket to the trash, check the ticket again to make sure that you are not in line to receive a sizeable sum of money. You never know, that piece of ‘garbage’ could help change your life forever!
With Tuesday’s top prize going unclaimed, this Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $25 million, a sum that you certainly would not want to miss out on. Tickets for the drawing are available to purchase from any authorized retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!