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Mass. State Lottery winning tickets sold in Greenfield, Whately unclaimed and set to expire

Somewhere, maybe forgotten in the inside pocket of a rarely-worn suit coat or stuck between the pages of an old magazine, is a lot of money.

Two significant lottery prizes from tickets sold in Franklin County remain unclaimed, with one set to expire next week and the other in September.

Lisa McDonald, a spokeswoman for the State Lottery Commission, said Foster’s Super Market in Greenfield sold a second-tier winning ticket in the Lucky for Life game on Aug. 29, 2013, a one-time payout of $25,000. The winning numbers were: 02 05 08 13 22 and “lucky ball” 20.

On Sept. 25, 2013, the Circle-K Irving gas station in Whately sold a winning ticket for what was originally the top-tier prize: $25,000 a year for life, with a guaranteed payout of over half a million, McDonald said. Those numbers were 03 07 12 23 28 and “lucky ball” 30. Somewhere, a ticket with all six numbers has yet to be redeemed.

Both tickets will expire on the anniversary of their purchase and the money will remain with the state lottery fund.

“It’s unusual that these remain unclaimed. It means that somebody perhaps set the ticket aside, obviously didn’t check it, stuck it in a drawer, in a coat pocket, and we’re just hoping people make a concerted effort to look for it because you don’t want $25,000 or $25,000 for life to expire,” McDonald said.

Winning numbers are before taxes, at a rate of 25 percent federal and 5 percent state. Tickets must be redeemed in person at a lottery office before the close of business on the anniversary of the purchase.

The nearest lottery office is in Springfield.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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