Check your Rhode Island lottery tickets, because two big winners are expiring soon.

If you have ever bought a Powerball or MegaMillions lottery ticket in Rhode Island you should probably give it a second look.

The state lottery says two big winners sold last October are about to expire and the money won't go to anyone.

You only get 365 days to claim your lottery winnings in Rhode Island, which seems like it would be plenty of time. And yet, two winning tickets from October 2018 have yet to be claimed.

On October 10, 2018, a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Mobil gas station on Valley Street in Providence. So according to RILOT, that ticket expires this Thursday.

And on October 19, 2018, a $10,000 winning MegaMillions ticket was sold at the Cumberland Farms on Main Street in West Warwick, and that ticket expires on Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m.

I seriously can't imagine not claiming that kind of money. Or even waiting a year to do it. I have so much I could do with kind of cash, I'd be probably be claiming it the next day (and spending it just as fast I'm sure).

And yet two people have waited an entire year to turn in these winning tickets. What gives?

I imagine someone most likely lost their winning ticket and have no idea they are leaving this kind of money on the table.

And I'm willing to bet both of these tickets go completely unclaimed.

I'd be happy to take those winnings for them if it was a case of not needing the money. But then why buy the lottery ticket in the first place, right?

Well, the days are numbered for these big cash prizes, so if you have old lottery tickets bought in Rhode Island I'd give them a second look.

Otherwise, the prize money just goes back to the general fund.

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