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Fifteen months have passed since “The Pick” winning ticket – which consisted of numbers 4, 14, 22, 24, 28 and 43 – was called on June 5, 2018, after being sold at a Circle K store in Goodyear, Arizona. Monday marked the 180-day period the winner had to come forward, a spokesperson for the Arizona Lottery said Wednesday.
As part of a state statute, the millions will now go toward a mix of community partners and future prize winnings, the spokesperson said.
“There is nothing more exciting for Arizona Lottery than to award a large jackpot, like this $14.6 million prize, so we are always a little sad when we see one of these prizes expire unclaimed,” said Gregg Edgar, executive director of the Arizona Lottery.
Thirty percent of the money will go to a non-profit called Court Appointed Special Advocates, which provides volunteers to assist neglected or abused children in court. As much as $835,000 is designated for the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which investigates and prosecutes the exploitation of kids through the Internet, the spokesperson said.
And up to a quarter-million dollars will go toward the Dual Tribe Enrollment fund, which benefits Native American high school students.
“These dollars will be utilized now to enhance our player’s experiences with future games," Edgar said, "and fund a variety of beneficiaries that have tremendous impact for our community.”