$1 million Texas lottery winner has until Wednesday to claim prize

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Texas Lottery Star-Telegram file

Check your purse, pockets, car — anywhere you might have stashed a Mega Millions ticket last year.

Someone bought a winning ticket in Austin, matching five of the six numbers in the Dec. 1, 2017 drawing, and has never claimed their $1 million prize.

Now the deadline to claim that jackpot is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“We encourage our Mega Millions players to take another look at their ticket, check the numbers again and if your numbers match, sign the back of the ticket and contact us,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

The winning numbers for the drawing were 16, 22, 40, 41 and 59. The Mega Ball was 8.

And the ticket was bought at the Valero Corner Store $1307 at 4600 W. William Cannon Drive in Austin.

After 5 p.m. Wednesday, the ticket may no longer be claimed.

Unclaimed prize money goes to the Foundation School Fund, which is overseen by the Texas Education Agency and helps fund school needs across the state ranging from bilingual education to special education, according to the Texas Lottery Commission.

More than $1 billion in unclaimed prizes has been given back to the state since the Texas Lottery began in 1992, state records show.

Winning lottery tickets for drawings like Mega Millions and Powerball are valid for 180 days from the day of the drawing. In certain cases, the deadline may be extended for "eligible" military personnel. Scratch-off tickets are valid for 180 days after the "close date" of the ticket that's set by lottery officials.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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