Texas Lottery officials are desperately searching for the missing winner of a $12 million Texas Lotto jackpot which remains unclaimed. Time is rapidly running out for the prize winner to come forward as the life-changing top prize is due to expire at midnight on Monday June 30.
The winning ticket matched the numbers 6, 17, 43, 45, 47 and 50 in the Texas Lotto draw on New Yearâ€™s Day and players are being urged to root out any old tickets that may not have been checked. The winner purchased their ticket from the South Shore Shell gas station on Road E in League City and although the winner had not yet claimed their prize, the store has already received a retailer bonus of $121,385.
If the ticket holder does not contact lottery officials before Monday, the 180 day claims period will expire and the $12 million prize forfeited. If that happens, the prize money will be distributed among various charitable programs, including the Fund for Veteransâ€™ Assistance, which are supported by the state.
Texas Lottery allocates 26.1% of all proceeds to the Foundation School Fund and since 1992, when the very first Texas Lottery ticket was sold, more than $21 billion has been raised in a campaign to support and improve public education across the state. However, the money generated from all unclaimed prizes, which equates to approximately 1.4% of all Texas Lottery proceeds, is distributed to other projects throughout the state which means that a wide variety of worthy projects benefit from the state lottery and a diverse range of citizens feel the positive effects.
If you think youâ€™ve got the missing $12 million ticket, sign it immediately and contact Texas Lottery officials on 800-375-6886. There will be no exceptions made to the 180 day claim period unless the winner is an eligible member of the military who has been, or is currently, physically unable to claim the prize.