Lawmakers debate expiration dates on lottery tickets - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Lawmakers debate expiration dates on lottery tickets

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A bill to allow winning lottery tickets to have no expiration date is facing opposition. (WFSB) A bill to allow winning lottery tickets to have no expiration date is facing opposition. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A bill to allow winning lottery tickets to have no expiration date is facing opposition.

Connecticut Lottery officials told lawmakers on Tuesday they are against that bill.

Currently, those who draw the winning ticket have six months to claim their prize.

Some feel that’s plenty of time and no expiration dates could create fraud and litigation.

"This is a well-meaning bill but it has a lot of unattended consequences. One important one is its going to cost the state of Connecticut millions of dollars at a time when lottery revenues are increasing and supporting the state,” said Anne Noble, president of the Connecticut Lottery.

The Connecticut Lottery said nearly $12 million in winnings goes unclaimed every year.

The bill would include all Connecticut Lottery games.

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