The largest unclaimed lottery jackpots are facepalm-inducing screw-ups

The winner of a $350,000 Illinois Lottery ticket sold at this Thompson Center convenience store has less than a week to claim the jackpot. (Tanveer Ali / DNAinfo)

THE LOOP — Someone won $350,000 in the Illinois Lottery a year ago Wednesday — and likely doesn’t even know it.

And when the clock strikes 5 p.m. Wednesday, the evening Lucky Day Lotto ticket bought at a convenience store in the Thompson Center will be worthless.

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Illinois Lottery jackpots expire after a year — and if this one goes unclaimed, it would be the largest on record in the city. Agency records go back to 2004.

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