Somewhere, probably in South Florida, there’s a ticket from the Florida Lottery’s Fantasy 5 game that’s worth $46,151.01. If that ticket isn’t redeemed before Saturday, it’s worthless.
Winners have 180 days to redeem tickets, a time frame that will run out for the winning tickets in the June 26 drawing, when the 7-16-23-26-33 combination hit. The Florida Lottery announced Monday that a winning ticket worth $46,151.01, sold at Hialeah’s Suarez Liquors, 799 W. 29th St., remains unclaimed.
And this happens more than you’d think.
According to the Florida Lottery website’s online listing of Fantasy 5 winners, 2017 expired winning tickets include a $24,451 winner sold in Port Charlotte; a $44,684 winner sold in Palm Coast; a $100,958 winner sold in Lakeland; and a $227,100 ticket sold in St. Augustine.
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The Florida Lottery’s Nidia Tew said 80 percent of the unclaimed money goes into the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and the other 20 percent into a pot for future prizes, including special promotions.
Fantasy 5 top prizes must be claimed at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee or a Florida Lottery District Office. The southernmost district offices are in Miami Lakes, 14621 Oak Ln., 305-364-3080, and in West Palm Beach, 6965 Vista Parkway North, Unit 1, 561-640-6190.