Someone who bought a lottery ticket in Warren last May is about to be out a lot of money.
The Pennsylvania Lottery issued a press release on Tuesday indicating that a Cash 5 ticket worth $125,000 purchased on May 15, 2013 is approaching its one-year expiration date. The ticket must be claimed by May 15, 2014.
According to the press release, "the Cash 5 ticket correctly matched all five numbers drawn 07-15-20-26-28, to win $125,000, less 25 percent federal witholding. It was sold at Kwik Fill, 4170 Market St."
People with unclaimed tickets are urged to check their own tickets using self-service scanners located at retailers and also found at Lottery terminals.
"We urge players to scan every ticket, ever time even tickets they think may not be winners," said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. "No matter the size of the prize, we never like to see any prize go unclaimed."
The Lottery also encourages players to sign tickets "immediately upon their purchase for proof of ownership."
They encourage the winner of this unclaimed prize to "sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a timely claim."
So what if the ticket goes unclaimed?
"By law, unclaimed, expired lottery prizes remain in the Lottery Fund and are used to support programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians," the press release said, indicating that the Lottery contributed $3.7 million to programs that benefited Warren County residents in 2012-2013.