There are 12 “missing millionaires” in the state who are holding unclaimed jackpot tickets of $1 million or more.
The New York Lottery will begin to search for the ticketholders at Star Wine and Liquors in Monroe, Orange County. The Powerball winning ticket won there will expire Jan. 5. Unclaimed tickets expire one year after the game’s drawing, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
The state Lottery will send out lottery stars Yolanda Vega and Gretchen Dizer to find the missing winners starting on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Star Wine and Liquors. Over the next few months they will visit locations where other unclaimed winning tickets were sold to attempt to find the “missing millionaires.”
“Yolanda and Gretchen are taking a boots-on-the-ground approach to finding these ‘Missing Millionaires,’ going directly to the ‘scene of the sale’ in hopes of locating their currently unknown individual,” Gurney said.
Alan Short, the owner of Star Wine and Liquors, said he has seen a larger crowd of people looking to buy lottery tickets now that Powerball was won at his store. The unclaimed ticket is worth $1 million.
“We have no idea who it is. We ask customers when they come in and we had a sign out for a while, but nobody has claimed it,” Short said. “I really wish someone would claim it. I’d hate for somebody to be out $1 million.”
There’s also an unclaimed $1 million ticket at M & M Super Shoppe in Suffern, Rockland County. The rest are in New York City or on Long Island.
A full list of the unclaimed tickets in the state worth $1 million or more are below:
• January 5, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Star Wines and Liquors, 475 Route 17M, Monroe, Orange County
• January 24, 2013 Sweet Million drawing, $1 million prize, sold at M & M Super Shoppe, 104 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, Rockland County
• February 2, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, sold at C & C Discount, 221 East 167th Street, Bronx
• May 11, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Shop Smart, 238 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
• May 15, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Thriftway Church Ave. Drug, 1621 Church Ave., Brooklyn
• July 13, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, Carry-All Wine & Liquor, 5507 Nesconset Highway, Mount Sinai, Suffolk County
• September 18, 2013 Powerball drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Royal Wine and Spirits, 2223 Avenue U, Brooklyn
• November 16, 2013 Powerball drawing, $130.3 million prize, sold at Brighton Beach Bakery, 117 Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn
• November 22, 2013 Mega Millions drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Boutique Bon Bon Inc., 1445A Richmond Ave., Staten Island
• November 23, 2013 Lotto drawing, $3.2 million prize, sold at A & H Becker, Inc., 60-37 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
• November 26, 2013 Mega Millions drawing, $1 million prize, sold at 7-Eleven, 311 Pond Path, East Setauket, Suffolk County
• December 9, 2013 Sweet Million drawing, $1 million prize, sold at Accent Lobby Store, 260 Reckson Plaza, Uniondale, Nassau County
If the winning ticketholder is found, that person should sign the back of their ticket and call the New York Lottery at 518-388-0563.