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N.D. lottery ticket worth $25,000 a year for life unclaimed

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MICHIGAN, N.D. — The person who bought a winning lottery ticket worth $25,000 a year for life in northeast North Dakota is running out of time to claim it.

The Lucky for Life ticket sold between Aug. 11 and 14 matched the five winning numbers needed to win $25,000 a year for life, according to the North Dakota Lottery. The person has until Feb. 10 to claim the money. Otherwise, the money will be transferred into the state's general fund.

"This is a large prize to not have been claimed as of yet," said Randy Miller, director of the North Dakota Lottery. "We are doing everything we can to alert the public that this prize is still unclaimed. We encourage players to promptly check their tickets."

The ticket was sold at Hamster Oil in Michigan, which is about 50 miles west of Grand Forks. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 17 and 39. The Lucky Ball was 2.

Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim any prize they have one. The winner has the option to receive annual payments of $25,000 for at least 20 years or a lump sum of $390,000.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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