Although the winner still has around 11 months to come forward to claim their prize, that doesn't mean that they aren't still losing money in the form of interest.
Many lottery winners will deposit their winnings into fixed savings accounts that generate interest over time, just one of many ways that lottery players can make a living playing the lottery.
Experts have estimated that this $17 million jackpot could generate around $500,000 in interest in a single year depending on the type of bank account that it is deposited into.
This is only one of the many lottery prizes that go unclaimed each year because players lose their tickets, or simply forget that they have bought them. These unclaimed prizes amount to millions each year.
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