Winning Mega Millions ticket will expire soon


Mega Millions ticket sold in Short Pump will expire if winner doesn't claim it soon

Someone is in danger of throwing away a quarter-million-dollar prize. A Mega Millions ticket that is now worth $250,000 will become a worthless slip of paper, unless the winner claims the prize before 5:00 p.m. on July 5.

The ticket was bought for the January 4 Mega Millions drawing at the 7-Eleven at 11480 West Broad Street in Short Pump. That ticket turned out to be a $250,000 winner. No one has claimed the prize. By law, winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-8-15-25-47 and the Mega Ball was 42. The ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number.

The January 4 drawing had the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history: $380 million. This ticket was the only one in Virginia to win $250,000 in that drawing.

All Virginia Lottery unclaimed prize money goes to the state Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as school construction, renovation and teacher retirement funding. Since its inception in 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $200 million in unclaimed prizes to the Literary Fund.

Whoever has that ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 804-692-7000.

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