The winner of the Mega Millions lottery has yet to claim the $250,000 price. There is actually 1 in 3.9 million chances for anybody to predict the five winning numbers, excluding the Mega Ball, in the Mega Millions lottery. And that very fortunate â€œoneâ€ who won last July 27, 2010 has not yet claimed his prize and time is running out for that lucky (our could be unlucky soon) winner. The winning Mega Millions ticket which was bought from McAleavyâ€™s News stand located at E. Main St. in Somerville last July 27, 2010. Until now, almost a year after, the prize is still unclaimed. In effect and by New Jersey law, anybody who won the Mega Millions lottery has until one year to claim the prize. The deadline would then be on the 27th of this month.
According to New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger, the winning ticket should be signed at the back and to file a claim for the prize, the winner can go to the local lottery retailer or go to the lottery headquarters. The winning numbers on that fateful July 27, 2010 draw were 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29. The gold Mega Ball number was 8. Fifteen tickets that are worth the $250,000 prize won and three of the winners are from New Jersey. Silvia Gailliard of Westampton and Pamela Kopp of Hasbrouck Heights have tickets that matched the five winning digits except the Mega Ball.
For the past five years, there has been an annual average of $38.2 million prizes that was not claimed. In 2010, it was already $42.2 million. According to the law, the winner has one year to claim the prize. After one year and nobody claims the prize, it will be allocated to State institutions and State aid for education. Winners of the Mega Million lottery can call lottery headquarters at 609-599-5875 or visit www.state.nj.us/lottery.