Finding unclaimed lottery money is one of the easiest ways to increase finances and become rich instantly. Savings and investments are some of the ways that guarantee return but on a long term. Lost money or property is the most underestimated and the easiest ways by which you can make money by sitting at home. Many of us are not even aware of the fact that we have unclaimed money scattered around in the form of properties or unclaimed lottery jackpot.
The odds of winning a lottery are very slim and hitting jackpots in big games like Powerball and Mega Millions stand one in a million. Still, people across America try their luck every year. Much more surprising is the fact that most of the winning numbers are either lost or remain unclaimed as the ticket holders do not realize that they have won.
If you have the luck to find one of such winning tickets then you can still reap the benefits depending upon the state of residence, because in some states the tickets are valid up to one year. The odds of you claiming the unclaimed money from the found ticket are same as that of winning the prize money yourself.
The rules of lotteries vary from state to state but the basic period of retaining a ticket ranges from 180 to 365 days after the game ends. In case of scratch-off tickets, the validity is much lesser as that of 90 days. If you think you have an unclaimed lottery jackpot then, the first thing to do is contact the state lottery office through phone, email, or internet. Some states release the list of unclaimed lottery jackpot prizes on their official websites like Iowa, which lists all the unclaimed lottery money worth 600 dollars or more online. In Wisconsin, there is a hotline that is operational during business hours that will inform you of unclaimed lottery money.
If you have lottery tickets then the first thing to do will be to sign the back so that if by chance the ticket gets lost then you can claim it later on when somebody returns it. Signing at the back is important because in some states the law suggests the state to pay the person whose name is on the back of the ticket. However, you should note that signing does not guarantee that only you can win the ticket, but it guarantees that no one other than you can claim the amount as long as you have signed it at the back. Moreover, if you receive any call claiming you to be the winner then confirm about the firm as that can be a hoax call.
In most of the circumstances, not all prize money are claimed by the rightful owners then in such cases, some states employ the money in future games while some return the same to the community. In some states like Ohio, the unclaimed lottery money in used for educational funding.