Missing millionaires: 2 Va. lottery tickets to expire soon

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FAIRFAX CO. – Two Virginia lottery tickets worth $1 million and $3 million will become worthless if they are not redeemed soon.

The Virginia Lottery is on the hunt for two people who could possibly be throwing away millions of dollars. By law, winning lottery tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after the drawing if they are not claimed.

Here are the details of the two tickets:

• A Powerball ticket that was bought at Sunoco (now 7-Eleven) at 4647 West Ox Road in Fairfax County for the September 2 drawing matched the first five winning numbers to win $1 million. Since then, the winner has not come forward to claim his or her prize. The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-21-41-52-62, and the Powerball number was 26. This ticket missed only the Powerball number. The ticket expires 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

• A Mega Millions ticket bought at Giant Food, 21000 South Bank Street in Sterling, matched the first five numbers in the September 5 drawing. Normally that would win $1 million, but whoever bought this ticket spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when he or she bought the ticket. The Megaplier for that drawing was 3x, so the prize is tripled to $3 million. The winning numbers were 11-17-59-70-72, and the Mega Ball number was 1. This ticket missed only the Mega Ball number. Whoever has it must redeem it by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

If these tickets remain unclaimed, the prize goes to Virginia’s Literary Fund which is solely used for educational purposes.

Whoever has either winning ticket should contact the Virginia Lottery immediately at 804-692-7000 or 703-494-1501 or present their winning ticket at the Virginia Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center at 14550 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.