But what are the odds you’d hit it big and not claim your prize?
Happens more than you'd think.
While a relative handful of people woke up wealthier today—two ticket-holders now fabulously well-to-do —after the latest Mega Millions jackpot drawing, there are still hundreds of millions won but unclaimed in state lotteries around the country.
Just this August, NewsChannel5 reported some lucky Ohio winner hadn’t retrieved their $1 million Powerball prize from March 23.
California has another $22 million unclaimed, but according to CNN Money , that’s just a fraction of the $800 million from around the country that haven’t been collected yet. (And that’s just 2 percent of the money awarded.)
It’s not just the big multi-state games either. There are potential scratch-off millionaires among us. That includes several uncollected paydays for $50,000-, $100,000- and $250,000-a-year, up to 20 years.
Not to mention the scratch-offs for thousands of dollars or less. (You can check here to see for yourself.)