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Disorganization results in losing millions

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Illinois State officials are urging people who regularly play the Illinois lottery to check junk drawers, glove compartments, unused purses and old wallets to make sure they’re not holding one of 77 unclaimed prizes from 2011 totally $2.4 million.

Winning tickets are no longer valid if not collected within a year of the drawing. The first of the unclaimed winnings from 2011 expires January 4th.

Five Mega Millions tickets worth $250,000 each remain unclaimed. They were purchased at retailers in Bolingbrook, Herrin, Decatur, Crete and DeKalb.

Four Powerball second-place tickets valued at $200,000 a piece and bought at locations in Lombard, Round Lake Park, Westchester and Chicago were never collected.

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