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Warning to check lottery tickets as $25k-per-year jackpot still unclaimed after winning numbers picked at gas station

LOTTERY players are urged to check their tickets as a $25,000 per year prize remains unclaimed after numbers were picked at a gas station.

The ticket matched all five of the numbers drawn - 05-26-28-37-42 - however the player has yet to claim their prize.

A winning lottery ticket worth $25,000 a year for life has yet to be claimed, according to the Michigan LotteryCredit: Getty

According to the Michigan Lottery website, this is the seventh time this year that a player has won the $25,000 a year for life prize.

The winner can choose to receive $25,000 a year for the rest of their life or a minimum of 20 years, depending on whichever is longer.

Winners can also choose to receive a one-time lump sum of $390,000.

The mystery winner has one year to claim their prize at the lottery headquarters in Lansing.

It’s always a smart idea for players to check their tickets as soon as possible.

A winning ticket worth $1million was sold in Warren last year but had gone unclaimed for the whole year.

Instead, the money was donated to Michigan’s School Aid Fund.

In Massachusetts this month, an unknown lottery player won a record-setting jackpot of over $16million in the state’s Megabucks Doubler game.

"It’s the game’s largest jackpot since it launched in 2009," Massachusetts State Lottery said in a tweet.

That winner has an option to choose more than $12million in cash.

The winning ticket was sold in a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Ware, the lottery said.

If you've purchased a lottery ticket from the store, check your ticket because the winner hasn't come forward to claim their winnings yet, the lottery told WBZ-TV.

The six winning numbers in that lottery drawing were: 10-17-15-38-26-3.

The unknown winner has a year to claim their prizeCredit: Getty