No one came forward Friday to claim a $250,000 Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery and the winning ticket expires Monday.
If the prize isn’t claimed by 4:45 p.m. on Monday, it will go to the state School Aid Fund.
The winning ticket was bought in Flint at the Southend Market, 1701 S. Saginaw Street. The ticket was for the March 29, 2013 Mega Millions drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 25-31-36-46-53 and the Gold Mega Ball was 21. The $250,000 winner matched the first five numbers for that drawing.
Mega Millions tickets and all other terminal-based tickets are valid for one year from the drawing date. Because the one-year mark for the winning ticket falls on Saturday, the ticket will be valid until 4:45 p.m. Monday.
If a lucky player finds the ticket over the weekend, that person should call the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 on Monday for an appointment to claim the prize. The prize must be claimed at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing.
The winning ticket for another $250,000 Mega Millions prize also is nearing its expiration date. That winning ticket was bought at the 8-Mile Foodland in Southfield for the April 12, 2013 drawing. The winning numbers for that drawing were 01-10-13-19-21 and the Gold Mega Ball was 28. The $250,000 winning ticket matched the first five numbers for that drawing.
Because the one-year mark for the winning ticket falls on Saturday, the ticket will be valid until 4:45 p.m. on April 14.
Earlier this month, a Fantasy 5 ticket worth $138,727 expired and the unclaimed prize went to the School Aid Fund. The Lottery contributed $734.3 million to the School Aid Fund in the 2013 fiscal year. That works out to about $465 for each of the 1.58 million pupils in the state’s kindergarten-through-12th grade system.