By Naeisha Rose
Hey, you never know.
Two lucky people who bought Take 5 lottery tickets in Queens each won $31,439 on Aug. 10, but have yet to claim their reward.
“I’ve alerted our prize payment unit to be on the lookout for the people claiming the tickets for the Take 5 tickets on the 10th,” said a spokeswoman for the state’s Gaming Commission.
The winning numbers were 01–13–14–23–29.
One of the tickets was purchased at Discount Liquor & Wine at 4705 Metropolitan Ave. in Ridgewood. The other was bought at Hudson News in Terminal 8 at JFK Airport in Jamaica. This lottery does not come with a jackpot, so neither venue receives money for selling a ticket, according to the spokeswoman.
Participants can draw from numbers 1 to 39. At 11:21 p.m. the winning numbers are televised and announced. Winners of all levels of awards from Take 5 have up to a year from when the numbers are drawn to cash-in, according to New York Lottery.
The winners will get their prize in one check. New York residents who win can expect around 33 percent to be taken out in taxes, though more if withheld if he or she owes income tax, child support or used public assistance, according to the spokeswoman.
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