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Two Of Chicago’s Highest Unclaimed Lottery Winning Tickets Sold At Edgewater Stores

Illinois takes its lottery ticket obsession seriously, however some residents may not realize they have thousands in winnings. With the highest unclaimed Chicago jackpot of $350,000 still unaccounted for after almost a year now, it is set to expire.

The lucky ticket was sold at a Thompson Center convenience store, and if it is not claimed by 5 p.m tomorrow – it will be worthless.

These sad cases of unclaimed financial fortune hit even closer to home as two Edgewater convenience stores sold the current second and third highest jackpots. According to DNAinfo, the Breakers Pantry at 5343 N. Sheridan sold an unclaimed ticket worth $275,000 on Oct. 12, 2011.

On Feb. 24, 2013, the third highest unclaimed winning ticket was sold at The Pantry at 1105 W. Bryn Mawr. That ticket totaled $112,500 because the game had two winners.  Currently, the highest winnings loss due to an expired tickets was for $290,000 sold at Logan Square’s Crown Liquors, 2821 N. Milwaukee on May 23, 2008.

All in all, Illinois unclaimed winnings total $17.7 million which includes the ginormous $14 million ticket that was sold at Gas City in Frankfort on Jan. 31, 2004. Eight Lotto and Lucky Day Lotto winning tickets have expired in Chicago alone, and total $1,127,500.

The plus side (if there is one) to this story is that the funds that were left unawarded to winners will go to the state’s school and capital projects fund. To see a list of unclaimed winnings, click here.


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