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More than $50M in unclaimed state lottery cash

Published On: Sep 02 2013 01:34:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 01:34:39 PM CDT
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Wisconsin has more than $50 million in unclaimed lottery winnings in Wisconsin going back to 1997.

The Post-Crescent in Appleton reports that many lotto game players trash their tickets if they don't win major jackpots. But some of those tickets were worth money, and the pot of unclaimed money keeps growing.

Unclaimed winnings in the most recent fiscal year alone amounted to $2.8 million. That represents only the lotto games of Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks, Supercash, Badger 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4. It does not include unclaimed winnings from instant, scratch-off games.

Winners have 180 days to claim prizes. Unclaimed dollars are sent to the lottery's property tax relief fund.

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