BY BOB HOLT
A lot of lottery players have been concentrating on the recent Powerball jackpot that got as high as nearly $588 million. But a few local people need to double-check their game tickets for “secondary” prizes.
The New Jersey Lottery says that three tickets purchased in the state worth a combined $700,000 are very close to expiration.
CBS New York reports that a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 was purchased on Dec. 23 at Orange Liquors in Orange on December 23 of 2011. Winning numbers for that game were 3, 5, 8, 18 and 29, the Mega Ball was14; and the Megaplier was 4.
Lottery Post reports that another $250,000 Mega Millions winner was sold on December 27 of last year at at Street Corner News at Monmouth Mall in Eatontown. The winning numbers 23, 32, 33, 39 and 43; the Mega Ball was 8; and the Megaplier was 3, according to Lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker.
Also, on December 24, 2011 a Powerball ticket worth $200,000 was purchased at Milleries Food Market on Rancocas Road in Mount Holly. The game’s winning numbers were 14, 16, 30, 51 and 52; the Power Ball was 19; and the Powerplay Multiplier was 2.
Lottery winners are permitted to claim their prizes up to a year from the game’s drawing, according to the Asbury Park Press. If that doesn’t happen, the money returns to the lottery.
Anyone holding these winning tickets is advised to call lottery headquarters at 609-599-5800, or file a claim at their local retailer.