Friday April 4 2014 – New Jersey Lottery officials have launched a last minute appeal in an attempt to find the owner of a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket which expires tomorrow. The player has less than 48 hours to claim their windfall as they automatically forfeit the win when the prize passes its expiry date.
The winning ticket was purchased at Crystalâ€™s Deli on Ernston Road, Parlin in Middlesex County, New Jersey for the drawing on Friday April 5 2013. The ticket matched all five main numbers (08, 15, 23, 36 and 41) but missed the Mega Ball (05) which would have landed the jackpot. However, correctly picking all five main numbers did secure the $250,000 prize. Changes which came into effect in October 2013 have since increased the value of a second tier Mega Millions win from $250,000 to $1 million.
New Jersey Lottery officials are urging any players who may have entered the drawing on April 5 2013 to look for unchecked tickets and Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director said; â€œEveryone plays the lottery to win so when there are unclaimed winning New Jersey tickets we spread the word.â€
Hedinger also advised the winner to sign the back of their ticket and contact the New Jersey Lottery headquarters immediately on 609-599-5801.
If the winner fails to come forward, their $250,000 prize will be either reinvested into lottery prizes or used to improve New Jerseyâ€™s educational institutions. New Jerseyâ€™s state education system relies heavily on funds donated from the state lottery and last year alone contributed more than $1 billion to state education.
In the financial year 2013, the New Jersey Lottery contributed 34% of all its sales to the state and earned its place as the stateâ€™s fourth largest revenue producer. While it may be devastating if a player learns they missed out on a big win, itâ€™s possible they can take solace in knowing the money is being used to improve their own community.
The latest Mega Millions winning numbers can be found on Lottery.net.