Check the seat cushions: $140,000 lottery ticket sold in Tampa set to expire

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Somewhere in the Tampa Bay area, there’s a lottery ticket worth $140,000.

The Florida Lottery on Thursday said the Fantasy 5 ticket in question “remains unclaimed.”

And there’s a 180-day deadline to claim the current top prize of $140,623, according to the Lottery’s press release. It’s midnight on Aug. 4, just two weeks away.

The winning ticket was sold at Active Food Mart on West Waters Avenue in Tampa.

The winning numbers for the Feb. 6 drawing were 13–15–16–27–30.

“While any Florida Lottery retailer can validate the winning ticket, the top prize must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office or at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee,” the release said.

Two other Fantasy 5 tickets also are currently unclaimed, according to the Lottery’s website.

One was bought in West Palm Beach, worth $103,486 and set to expire Aug. 5.

Another was purchased in Miami Beach, worth $125,476 and expiring Aug. 15.

If no one comes forward, most of the prize money will go into the state’s trust fund for education, which the Lottery was set up to support, and the rest will go back into the prize money pool, a spokeswoman said.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.