BALTIMORE, July 7 (UPI) — Two $1 million lottery winners in Maryland have nearly run out the clock on collecting their lottery winnings, lottery officials said Thursday.
One winner of a $1 million Mega Millions prize has until 4:30 p.m. Friday, and another winner of a $1 million Powerball prize have until 4:30 p.m., July 13 to claim their winnings or the tickets will expire.
Maryland Lottery winners have 182 days after the day of the drawings to turn their ticket in at lottery headquarters in Baltimore, said Maryland Lottery spokesman Doug Lloyd.
The Mega Million drawing was held Jan. 8 and the ticket sold at a Royal Farms store in Dundalk, Maryland matches the five white balls – 11, 39, 51, 57 and 75 – but not the Mega Ball, which was 2.
The Powerball drawing was held Jan. 13 and the ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Bladensburg, Maryland. The ticket matched five white balls – 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 – but not the Power Ball, which was 10.
Most winner eventually claim their winnings, but since July 2013, Marylanders have left $62.6 million in winning tickets go unclaimed, including games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Pick 4 and instant games known as “scratch-offs,” according to lottery agency records.
“This is unusual,” said Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Bober Gentry. “It’s not often you have two $1 million prizes unclaimed like this. Most people pay attention to prizes of this size. That’s a million dollars.”