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Massachusetts State Lottery: Millions left in unclaimed prizes; some tickets dating back to 2016

Millions are left unclaimed as some winning lottery tickets are set to expire this year.

The Massachusetts State Lottery keeps a running tab on unclaimed winners, last updated Jan. 14. While many of the unclaimed winners don’t yet have an expiration date listed, nearly a dozen are set to expire this year.

At least eight winning ticket owners are missing out on $1 million prizes.

Some of the soonest expiration dates are in February, while others have until this summer to cash in for prizes. But you might have to dig deep in your old jeans pockets, some of the tickets date back to 2016.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lottery is limiting its prize claim center schedule. Be sure to double check the schedule before going. Prize claims up to $50,000 can also be submitted by mail.

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BOSTON — Fifty people won the Massachusetts lottery game Mass Cash on Sunday, a record according to the state lottery agency.

For a dollar, players choose five numbers between 1 and 35 and mark the choice on a slip. WCVB-TV reported on Monday that 50 people chose the winning combination of numbers.

The largest previous number of people to win at once was 34, Massachusetts State Lottery official Christian Teja told the broadcaster. In this case, he said, the winning numbers all appeared in a column on the betting slip, which may account for why there were so many winners.

Usually, the jackpot for the game is $100,000. But when total prizes exceed a certain percentage of sales, the state agency uses a formula to determine the prize amounts, according to its website.

The people who matched all five numbers on Sunday will take home more than $48,000.

Winners bought tickets from across the state, including in Barnstable on Cape Cod, Easthampton, Ludlow and Lawrence. Five people bought winning tickets in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.

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