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$14.52 Million Lotto Claimed in Abilene Two Days Before Its Expiration

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Did you know that lottery tickets expire? According to the official Texas Lottery website, “A ticket holder forfeits any claim to a prize for a draw game after the expiration of the 180th day following the draw date; and for an instant game after the expiration of the 180th day following the official ‘end of game’ as determined by the Commission.” Recently, the Star-Telegram reports that a winner in Abilene barely made the cut in redeeming their prize. In fact, they claimed their prize only two days before the ticket’s expiration date!

The Abilene winner claimed a $14.25 million Lotto Texas jackpot prize and opted to receive their payment in a lump sum of $10 million, meaning they’ll definitely be having a happy holiday season.

The winning ticket with the numbers 3-4-6-23-34-54 was purchased back in mid-June at an H-E-B which will also receive a prize of $142,696.06. There’s no report on how the winner suddenly realized that they had won a huge amount of money, but if they had missed the time to redeem their prize, they wouldn’t be the first. According to the Star-Telegram, the Texas Lottery has accumulated over $1 billion in unclaimed prize money since 1992. The funds are given back to the State of Texas.