Monday: Deadline to Claim $10,000 Lottery Ticket

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “We think the odds are pretty great that somebody doesn’t know they have this ticket,” says Paula Harper-Bethea, Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery. A ticket worth $10,000. The winning lottery ticket was sold at the Cornery Pantry store located at 7527 Garners Ferry Road on June 15, 2011. But six months later, the person who bought the ticket hasn’t claimed the prize; and they are running out of time do so. The person with the winning ticket has 3 days left to claim it, meaning Monday! While it may seem odd, officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery say, unclaimed lottery tickets are not uncommon. “Believe it or not we have a few more unclaimed tickets than you might think,” says Harper-Bethea. But not everyone loses so to speak. “Education wins no matter what,” says Harper-Bethea That’s becasue every time someone doesn’t claim the ticket the money is transferred to the state for education. In 2010, 15.4 million dollars was transferred followed by 14.2 million in 2011. So far for 2012, 5.2 million dollars has been transferred. The fiscal year starts July 1. While the chances of the current winning lottery ticket going unclaimed are high, it doesn’t really compare to one a few years ago. “In 2006, we had an $800,000 ticket go unclaimed,” says Harper-Bethea. However, lottery officials are hoping the person with the current unclaimed ticket will come forward by Monday at 5:00 p.m. “It is Christmas time and we would hate to see Monday come and go and some lucky person miss their chance to get their 10,000 dollars,” says Harper-Bethea. The winning numbers on the ticket are: 19,20,38,41,43 and Powerball 29.

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