A winning Florida Lottery ticket worth a hefty amount of cash is about to expire and officials are hoping the winner comes forward soon.
Lottery officials say a FANTASY 5 ticket worth $71,976.62 was purchased this past Dec. 28 and it still hasn’t been redeemed. The Quick Pick ticket, with the winning numbers of 04–19–21–29–35, expires on Wednesday, June 26 at midnight. It was purchased at U.S. 19 Food & Fuel, located at 30031 U.S. Hwy. 19 North in Clearwater.
While any Florida Lottery retailer can validate the winning ticket, the FANTASY 5 top prize must be claimed at a Florida Lottery District Office or at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Players can obtain additional information by calling the Lottery’s Customer Service Department at (850) 487-7787 or by visiting the Florida Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com.
FANTASY 5 is a pari-mutuel game in which players win the top prize by matching 5-of-5 winning numbers drawn in any order. Additionally, players win cash prizes or a free Quick Pick ticket by matching two, three or four of the numbers drawn in the official drawing for the date played. If there is no top-prize winner, the money in the top-prize pool rolls down and is shared among players who match 4-of-5 or 3-of-5 winning numbers.
Since the game’s inception, more than 861.4 million FANTASY 5 and FANTASY 5 with EZmatch winners have won more than $4.5 billion in prizes. Of these, more than 52,000 players have won top prizes totaling more than $2.4 billion.
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $65 billion in prizes and made more than 2,500 people millionaires.