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You could be playing for a top lottery prize that's already been claimed

Posted: 7:26 AM, Apr 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-01 03:31:04Z
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The secret to scratch-off lottery ticket success starts with knowing if or when the top prize has been claimed. The TODAY'S TMJ4 I-Team learned a lot of lottery players don't check.

Many lottery players buy tickets with the hope of winning the big prizes. But sometimes the game they are playing no longer has a top prize.

The I-Team counted at least 22 scratch-off games listed on the Wisconsin Lottery's website with zero top prizes remaining. Some games cost $1 and others as much as $20.

The secret to scratch-off lottery ticket success starts with knowing if or when the top prize has been claimed. The TODAY'S TMJ4 I-Team learned a lot of lottery players don't check.

"I think it's unfair actually. If you already won, what are you playing for?" questioned one lottery player we talked to.

The Wisconsin Lottery told TODAY'S TMJ4 retailers selling scratch-offs "receive weekly top prize reports and are required to display them."

To check the status of the top prize of the lottery game you are playing, click here.