Tens of millions in California lottery prizes go unclaimed each year

If you buy a lottery ticket, be sure to check if you’ve actually won. While this might seem obvious, a surprising number of Californians are still missing out.

According to the California State Lottery, an average of $46.8 million in prize money goes unclaimed each year from Lotto Plus, Fantasy 5, Daily 3, Daily 4, Daily Derby and Hot Spot games.

$75.4 million went unclaimed in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, lottery officials said. The following fiscal year $19.5 million was left on the table

Potential winners of any California draw games have six months to claim their prize money.

We know in real time if somebody hit the jackpot or even if somebody won a second-tier prize right away, because it’s a computer,

Carolyn Becker, a spokesperson for the California State Lottery, told KTLA. “We don’t know who it is

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