AUSTIN (AP) - Before you lose track of that old lottery ticket, consider this: Texas lottery players have left behind $449 million in unclaimed prizes since the state began tracking them in 1995.
Most of the unclaimed money was smaller prizes, but five of them were Lotto jackpot winners worth a combined $46.4 million. That includes a $7 million winning ticket sold in April in Terrell that expired in October.
A lottery spokeswoman says Texas players have 180 days from the date of a Lotto Texas drawing or the closure of a scratch-off game to claim their winnings
The unclaimed prizes are split between the state's general fund and a program to pay for indigent health care.