Dec 12, 2008, 10:19 am
A lucky winner stands to net $207 million in Friday's Mega Millions lottery draw, but someone in Hampton, Virginia, faces losing $100,000.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the largest since Feb. 22, said Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty.
The pick-six numbers game is played in 12 states. The last winner, from Rockmart, Ga., received $42 million in October, Hagerty said.
Although lottery sales are down 3 percent over the same period in 2007, they have increased in recent days because of the size of Friday's jackpot, Hagerty said.
There were no jackpot winners in Tuesday's drawing when the prize was $170 million.
But while a Virginian might be celebrating on Friday, someone who lives in, works or traveled through Hampton in the summer is about to lose $100,000 unless they claim a reward, Hagerty said.
Someone bought a ticket for the June 14, Cash 5 night drawing at the 7-Eleven at 1200 N. King St. in Hampton, he said. That ticket turned out to be a $100,000 winner.
But no one has come forward to claim the prize.
Under Virginia Lottery rules, the ticket expires after 180 days, which is at 5 p.m. on Friday .
The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-9-13-27-33. The ticket matched all five numbers.
"The owner of that ticket needs to contact the Virginia Lottery before the deadline," Hagerty said.
By law, all unclaimed prize money goes to the state Literary Fund where it is used solely for educational purposes, such as school construction, renovation and teacher retirement funding. Since its inception in 1988, the state lottery has transferred more than $176.8 million in unclaimed prizes to the Literary Fund.
A Cash 5 night lottery ticket worth $100,000 will expire at 5 p.m. Friday.
The numbers for that drawing were 4-9-13-27-33. The winning ticket matched all five numbers.
The winner should contact the lottery at 804-692-7777.
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