What person hasnâ€™t dreamed of winning big money by way of a very lucky lottery or Powerball ticket? The odds of winning are slim, considering the volume of people that play, but it does happen. You can bet when the numbers are called, Powerball players all over carefully checked through their purchased tickets, mark the numbers and cross their fingers. Most people that play know immediately whether or not they have won. But, just as many people buy their Powerball tickets, stick them in a drawer and never look at them again.
Have you ever considered what happens to those winning tickets that are sitting in glove compartments, drawers and in coat pockets? You might have heard of stories on the news about someone finding a lottery or Powerball ticket in the trash or on the sidewalk only to find it is a winning ticket. When it comes to the lottery, the old adage is true-finders, keepers. It certainly does happen.
If you regularly play the lottery in your state, then you need to make sure you are keeping good tabs on your tickets. If your tickets are completely forgotten, it is as good as losing cash. You only have in most cases, up to a year, to claim any winnings. However, this completely depends on your stateâ€™s lottery system. Some have as few as ninety days to claim prizes, while some gives you as much as a year. If you are unsure whether or not your old lottery tickets or Powerball plays are expired, check the back of the ticket. There, you should find the expiration date of your ticket.
So, if you are a regular player, it is always a good idea to know what your numbers are AND where your actual tickets are. In addition, you should remember that if you hit the jackpot and have the winning numbers, you must have your original ticket. Copies of your lottery or Powerball tickets are not accepted. You cannot present receipts as winning tickets, either.
So, now you are wondering about all those old tickets that are sitting around your house. Most people have at least a few. They purchase tickets and never even check the winning numbers. Maybe you have a winner in that pile of papers and do not even know you have it. Go ahead and dig them out. If you have old lottery tickets, the first thing you will want to do is look at the date. If they are over a year old, in most states, they are now invalid. However, if you have tickets that were purchased in the last year, you might still have a chance at the big money.
Now, you want to see if any of those tickets are winners. It might not be too late. You can still find out the winning numbers. In order to find out what the winning numbers are, it is easy. You will want to visit the stateâ€™s lottery website. Once you are there, you can enter the date of your lottery ticket and do a search on the numbers. You should be able to easily find the numbers for that particular week. If you do not have Internet access, you might be able to call the stateâ€™s lottery office, depending on where you live.
One thing to be wary of when you play the lottery are scams. If you are a regular player, you might get emails or letters in the mail saying you have won a lottery. You might think that it is true, especially if you play. However, state lotteries will never contact you about your lottery ticket purchase. If you have gotten this type of information, it is a scam. In many cases, these will ask you for personal information, such as bank account numbers. Do not fall for them. If you have won the lottery, you will have a ticket in your hand with the winning numbers.
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