Two $1 Million Lottery Tickets Unclaimed In Whatcom

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Winning Powerball tickets bought in Sumas and Bellingham

WHATCOM — If you recently bought a lottery ticket in Sumas or Bellingham, you might want to double-check your numbers because two winning lottery tickets worth $1 million each are floating around unclaimed.

According to the Washington State Lottery Commission, a winning Powerball ticket was purchased in Bellingham for the Dec. 9 drawing, and another was bought in Sumas for the latest drawing on Saturday, Jan. 6. As of Tuesday, however, no one had stepped forward with the tickets, which reward the full top prize of $1 million.

The winning numbers for the Sumas ticket are 12, 29, 30, 33 and 61. The sequence for the Bellingham winner is 25, 36, 37, 55 and 60.

Meanwhile, a ticket worth $10,000 from a Christmas Day drawing in Ferndale also has gone unclaimed. The winning numbers on that ticket, as part of the lotto’s Match 4 game, are 02, 07, 15 and 20.

The Lottery Commission’s website notes that unclaimed prizes may have already been received, but may be listed as unclaimed if the cash award has not yet been paid out.

According to Lottery Commission curator Ann Marie Ricard, winners have six months from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

For prizes worth $601 and more, reward recipients must call a regional lottery office to make a prize-claiming appointment. To claim prizes, the winning ticket, picture identification, a Social Security number and a voided check must be presented at the appointment.

The nearest claim office to Whatcom is in Everett. In addition to posting unclaimed ticket information to the website, www.walottery.com, Ricard says the commission communicates with local media to encourage people to check their tickets as drawings and claim deadlines arise.

Ricard also said that when Washington Lottery prizes go unclaimed past the deadline, one-third of the money goes to the Economic Strategic Reserve Account for promoting economic development. The remaining two-thirds is used for future lottery prizes.

Nick Elges covers sports for the Lynden Tribune.

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