Millions in lottery money goes unclaimed

Published 12/17 2013 04:31PM

Updated 12/17 2013 04:33PM

ILLINOIS -- People are swarming to buy tickets for the $600+ million Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot, but you might be surprised to know even more money than that is going unclaimed. Gaming officials say about $800 million worth of lottery prizes go unclaimed every year.

People who win $1 million sometimes don't check their numbers. Once they hear there's no jackpot winner, they assume they've lost and throw their ticket away.

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