Dear Matt: Let’s say you bought a lottery ticket. You, like me and thousands of fools, forget to check if you’re a winner. Days pass to weeks and months have gone by. Because you never checked, you never know your winning ticket had expired. Life goes on as normal, in poverty. How much has the California Lottery saved from people who have bought tickets and never followed up... like me? — Win to Lose, Chula Vista
We boneheads, with apparently something better to do with our time, have failed to check our winning stubs to the tune of $184 million in the eight-year lottery history. Five of these uncashed tickets have been Lotto jackpots: S3.98 million (1987); $4.7 million (1988); a painful-to-contemplate $16.4 million (1990); $3 million in 1993; and $2.7 million just last March. The unclaimed money goes to our public schools, or so they say.