1:15 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
Check your tickets — $250,000 might be hiding in your wallet, or on your dresser ... or in that coat you haven't worn since March.
A winning Maryland Lottery ticket worth $250,000, purchased at a convenience store in Timonium, remains unclaimed, and there's about a week left before it becomes worthless.
The ticket must be claimed by Friday, Sept. 28, at 4:30 p.m., according to lottery officials.
Officials said on Sept. 19 that the winning ticket is a "second-tier" prize from the $656 million Mega Millions drawing on Friday, March 30, and was purchased from the 7-Eleven store at 9709 Beaver Dam Road in Timonium.
That drawing was the Mega Millions prize that captured much of the nation's attention, and resulted in a split of part of the jackpot between three unidentified people in Maryland who brought a ticket at a 7-Eleven, in Milford Mill. They came to be known as the "Three Amigos," and shared their portion of the prize — each getting about $218.6 million.
Other pieces of the grand prize were won by people in Kansas and Illinois.
But along with the Mega Millions grand prize, there were four Maryland second-tier $250,000 tickets from that drawing — the one purchased in Timonium and three others that have already been claimed (one bought at a market in Bel Air, another purchased in Boonsboro and a third bought at a store on Harford Road, Baltimore.
All winning tickets, including tickets with a value over $5,000 may be redeemed at either of the two Maryland Lottery Customer Resource Centers, in Baltimore and Lanham.
Players who win large prize amounts are encouraged to claim their winnings at the Maryland Lottery's Baltimore headquarters, at the Montgomery Business Park, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 330, Baltimore, MD 21230.
Large prizes can also be claimed at the other Maryland State Lottery office in Lanham, 4451 Parliament Place, Building 26, Suite H, Lanham, MD 20706.
For details, call the lottery at 410-230-8800.
If no one comes forward for the $250,000 prize by the end of next week, it won't be the biggest fortune lost on an unclaimed ticket. Maryland lottery officials said Wednesday that the largest unclaimed tickets in Maryland Lottery history are a $1.5 million Lotto ticket in January 1986, and a $1 million Lotto ticket in September 1991.
In August 2010, another $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions ticket also went unclaimed.