$100,000 lottery winner running out of time

Published 11/26 2013 06:00PM

Updated 11/26 2013 06:28PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Check your pockets, your junk drawers or anywhere else you might toss stuff because you could be holding onto a winning lottery ticket worth a lot of money. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has more on an unclaimed lottery prize.

It was sold at a Champaign gas station last year. If someone doesn't claim it soon, it's going to expire.

Do you recognize this place? Maybe you've driven past a few times. Well, if you ever stopped inside the Super Pantry on Springfield, in Champaign, listen up, because you could be holding onto a lottery ticket worth $100,000.

"We're just waiting at this point for someone to come forward."

Lottery officials say they hope it happens soon because the ticket expires in two weeks.

"We have unclaimed prizes every day. Over $2 million in prizes a month goes unclaimed."

But, that's mostly made up of lots of mini-prizes.

"1, 2, 5, 10. Probably a lot of people know they have the winning ticket. They set it aside thinking, 'I'll go cash in this dollar winner later.' Or, it gets misplaced. 'Oh well, it's only a buck or two."

$100,000 is a little less common, especially in this case.

"It's a little surprising because the ticket was not a quick pick ticket, meaning the player picked their own numbers, so, you figure, if they had invested the time to select their own numbers, they would hold onto their ticket."

Lottery officials say most tickets left unclaimed after a month are lost forever, but they aren't giving up hope of finding the Champaign winner just yet.

"We have seen people come in under the wire. A multi-million dollar ticket with a day to go. One day to spare."

The winning ticket is from the Lucky Day Lotto game. The numbers are 6 - 11 - 16 - 26 - 31. If you happen to find the ticket matching those numbers, you have until December 10 to turn it in.

To claim your prize, you need to go to the lottery office in Springfield. Make sure you bring the winning ticket, your ID and a way to verify your social security number.

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