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$50 Million Florida Lotto Jackpot Unclaimed

10 September 2003

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Florida – As reported by the Associated Press: "People daydream endlessly about what they would do if they won the lottery. The Big One. Millions and millions of dollars. Vacations. New house. New cars. Early retirement.

"But what would you do if you had the winning ticket for a $50 million dollar Lotto jackpot and let it expire?

"No one redeemed the winning ticket for a $50 million Lotto jackpot by the Tuesday deadline, making it the largest jackpot in Florida Lottery history to go unclaimed.

"But Hasan Bayezid still came away a winner.

"Bayezid works at the Kohl's Food Market and sold the winning ticket. Although the ticket holder didn't claim the jackpot, the store claimed its $10,000 prize for selling the numbers.

"…Now the money will be returned to the lottery and used for promotions or prizes.

"…This is the 20th Lotto jackpot to go unclaimed since the game started in 1989 -- and it's by far the largest. The other forfeited prizes ranged from about $2.4 million in 1997 to $15 million in 1991…"

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