Washington’s Lottery is encouraging players to check their tickets, as there are currently 44 unclaimed prizes valued at $10,000 or more and totaling $2.8 million. Two Match 4 prizes worth $10,000 will expire this month and there is a $10,000 unclaimed ticket in Sunnyside.

In a press release from the Washington State Lottery, they explain how to get your winnings and also what happens to the money from your ticket if you don't claim it in time.

The first Match 4 ticket was purchased at Tesoro in Spokane (8901 N Indian Trail Rd) and expires Sept. 21. The second Match 4 ticket was purchased at Bi-Mart in Sunnyside (110 S Hill Rd), and expires Sept. 27 so time is ticking away.

Here is what the rest of the press release says:

Once a player wins, they have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize. If the player won with a Scratch ticket, they have 180 days from the last day of ticket sales to claim their prize.

By law, prizes that aren’t claimed are placed into a reserve account. Each June, the surplus in the reserve account is transferred to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA), which helps support education on Washington State.

WOPA helps college students across the state achieve their dreams and supports early childhood education programs.

While winning tickets worth $601 or more are typically claimed at a Lottery regional office.

Washington’s Lottery is encouraging winners with prizes up to $100,000 to mail in their tickets to claim their prize.

Winners with tickets for $100,000 or more are instructed to call Lottery Headquarters to schedule an appointment to make a safe and secure in-person claim.

This change is in response to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, to enable social distancing, and support Washington's “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive.

If you want more information, you can head to the WA Lottery website right here.

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