June 18, 2013 – A million dollar prize won by some mystery New Jersey Powerball player has expired and gone back into the winnings pot after it sat, unclaimed, for a whole year.
New Jersey state law gives players a full year to claim prizes they win on lottery games before the prize amount is redeposited into funds for other winners, in this case into the Million Dollar Replay pot.
The million dollar ticket that expired Sunday was purchased last year at an Elmwood Park 7-Eleven and won a second-tier prize on the drawing Saturday, June 16.
The winning numbers that day were 8, 14, 15, 16, and 27, and the Powerball number was 26, according to records on Powerball.com
And for the millionaire who failed to come forward, well, misery loves company.
According to the New Jersey Lottery’s financial reports for fiscal year 2012, almost $38 million in forfeited – expired – prizes went back into the Lottery’s funds last year.
New Jersey’s full-year claiming window is on the higher end of nationwide eligibility terms. Many states require players to claim their prizes in half that time, and Powerball winners must come forward within three months.
You can learn more about where unclaimed prizes go, and how long you have to claim you prize, on your state lottery’s page, or read this article on the fate of unclaimed winnings.