The numbers are remarkably consistent. Marylanders leave about $20 million a year on the table in unclaimed lottery winnings, according to records from the state Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
While unclaimed Mega Millions and Powerball prizes get the headlines, the smaller games generate more of the forfeited cash.
The Baltimore Sun obtained statistics from the past three fiscal years of what the lottery agency calls "reversions" — money not claimed by the lottery deadline. The deadline is 182 days to claim prizes in such games as Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 3 and Pick 4.
In the last three years (minus June 2016, which was not yet available),...