The biggest unclaimed winnings happened in the PowerBal lottery (USA). Lucky ticket, which could bring to its owner 77 million dollars (seventy seven million!) was issued 29 june 2011 at a truck stop at the Pilot Travel Center in Tallupoosa, state of Georgia. Combination, brought good luck - 24, 30, 57, 59 and (bonus number) 26.
Line for lottery tickets. In the same Pilot Travel Center store
PowerBall rules require the winner to claim the winnings within 180 days. But for some reason no one came for these millions. maybe, that he just lost the ticket, or forgot to check, and maybe something else happened. But, fact remains, six months have passed, and 77 millions remained unclaimed.
What happens to such winnings? Usually they are listed in the budget or listed for the purpose, for which the lottery is held. Georgia has slightly different rules - unclaimed money is returned to each state participating in the lottery, in proportion to their share. And that, what was collected in Georgia itself - goes to the prize pool for future games.
If you think, that big wins rarely go unclaimed, then it is not so, examples are enough:
Great Britain The biggest jackpot that no one took - 65 million, EuroMillions lottery
USA America has the most unclaimed winnings. This is not because, that all the rich are there, who don’t need lottery winnings for nothing. Not, it's just that lottery is a massive phenomenon in the USA - Americans spend billions of dollars on this hobby (more 80 billion every year!)
But even against this background, the series of unclaimed winnings of the Mega Millions lottery in New York stands out., just some kind of curse. Judge for yourself:
- 31 million remained ownerless in 2006
- 46 млн никто так и не забрал в 2003
- and 68 million there were draws in 2002
true, there was still one contender for the last jackpot. A certain Fritzner Beckett (Fritzner Bechette) stated, that he won the money. And the ticket just ... lost. That happens. AND, to get lottery millions he went to court, demanding to return to him not only 68 million, and also interest accrued during the waiting time.
true, Supreme Court of Queens did not accommodate Mr. Beckett. New York State Lottery Provided Evidence, that the ticket described by the applicant does not match the winner. A thorough investigation revealed, that Fritzner didn't have this ticket at all. Apparently the man decided to try his luck like this, but it didn't work out, it happens
Big win, which no one takes, doubt awakens in the hearts of some players - they begin to think, what if it's mine? Or, as the hero Nikulin said - “in his place I should have been!». Therefore, it happens, that there are many applicants. for example
If you won the Green Card Lottery?
Winning the Green Card Lottery does not mean the beginning of your immigration to America. Embassy refusals are. If there is a criminal record, you better not even try to play. And you won't get a green card and a tourist visa in the future either. Taking into account the new rules for issuing GreenCard, without profession and income at home, without education and experience you will be denied an immigrant visa. Thus, you simply close your path for immigration under other programs.. for example, on political asylum. But people, believing in a miracle, only make themselves worse. Yes 10 years ago everything was different.
And many will think, that my friend left without any problems.
Yes, and a year ago everything was different. New rules came out in 2020 year. And now general refusals will begin. Now, eg, do not process the winners of the Green Card lottery at all until December 2020 of the year. So one of those, who won, not everyone will be interviewed , and if this ban is extended, then none of the winners will make it to the interview.
But they waited, believed and hoped. But life goes on and you do not develop in your country and did not move to another. So life goes on waiting for a miracle. And then you understand, that it's too late to do something. Lottery is good or evil? It depends on which side you look at. On the part of the US government - a genius thing, which is built on the psychologists of certain people. Because for people, who are used to acting there are other US immigration programs . Which still work. And which are not amended for US immigration and considered even during the quarantine period.
Playing the lottery? Waiting for a miracle?