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The dreams of many New York Lottery players have gone unfulfilled, as over $833 million in winning tickets have gone unclaimed since 2018. According to the New York State Gaming Commission, there are currently 5 million tickets worth $78 million that have yet to be redeemed, with some of these prizes worth $1 million or more.
One such prize is a Cash4Life ticket worth $1 million, purchased in May at a store in Bay Shore on Long Island. The state warns that this prize will expire on May 28 if the person who bought the ticket does not come forward to claim it.
It's a mystery why so many winning tickets go unclaimed, but it could be due to a variety of factors such as the ticket being lost, forgotten, or simply not realizing that the prize exists. Some people may believe that they have not won a significant enough amount to make it worth their while to claim the prize, while others may have simply overlooked the ticket or thought it was a losing one.
Regardless of the reason, it's a shame to see so much money go unclaimed and so many dreams go unfulfilled. Lottery officials encourage players to regularly check their tickets and to sign the back of their tickets as soon as they purchase them to ensure that they can claim their winnings if they are lucky enough to hit the jackpot.
There are also a number of steps that lottery players can take to avoid losing out on their winnings. For example, players can consider using a ticket holder or keeping their tickets in a safe place where they will not be lost or damaged. Additionally, players can sign up for email notifications or text message alerts from the lottery, so they are immediately informed if they have won a prize.
Overall, it's important for players to be proactive about checking their tickets and making sure that they are aware of any winnings they may have. With millions of dollars in prizes going unclaimed each year, there's no reason for players to miss out on their share of the winnings. So, check your tickets, sign up for notifications, and don't let your dreams of becoming a lottery millionaire expire.