MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials with the Minnesota State Lottery said Wednesday they are changing their policy on information for winning lottery tickets after as many as six prizes this year have gone unclaimed.
Lottery officials said, effective immediately, they will disclose the name, address and city of the business where a winning lottery ticket is sold. In the past, the lottery has only released the county in which the ticket was sold.
The new policy applies to six unclaimed prizes that amount to a combined $419,900.
Those prizes include two Minnesota Millionaire Raffles for $100,000 each. They were sold Jan. 1 and the Lake Elmo Oil on Stillwater Blvd. N. in Lake Elmo and the Stop-N-Go in Breckenride.
There were also three Northstar Cash jackpots. The first was for $27,000 on May 27 at Orton’s Point Tesoro in East Grand Forks, the second was for $26,000 on May 28 at the Eveleth Short Stop in Eveleth and the third was for $66,900 on June 26 at a Super America in Minneapolis.
The final unclaimed prize is for $100,000 from a Sunday night All or Nothing drawing at a Holiday station in Waconia.
The Minnesota State Lottery urges players, especially those at the locations above, to check their old tickets. The state legislature took notice of the issue when a $1 million Powerball prize went unclaimed in March.
Winners have one year to claim their money, otherwise it goes to the state’s General Fund.