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Lowell: Unclaimed winnings in lottery total $11M

More than $11 million in Massachusetts lottery tickets remain unclaimed from last year.

A "Lucky for Life" ticket worth $25,000 is waiting for its owner at a Lowell convenience store. And a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Dorchester on Nov. 3 and has yet to be claimed.

The Lowell Sun reports that small winnings make up most of unclaimed tickets, but 14 are valued at $25,000 or more.

Retailers who sell a winning ticket receive a 1 percent commission on the prize amount, up to $50,000, even if the ticket is not claimed.

The state Lottery runs awareness campaigns around store locations where winning tickets are sold, on its website, in newspapers and TV broadcasts.

Unclaimed prize money is returned to the state's general fund each year.

Northampton: Housing authority wary of Patrick plan

Local housing authority officials in Western Massachusetts are criticizing a proposal to put all public housing under state control.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed establishing six regional agencies in the state. The entities would take over ownership and manage all housing projects and apartments.

Local boards would be cut and hundreds of commissioners hired through political appointments would be eliminated.

Jon Hite, executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority, says the plan may improve efficiency but that tenants would lose an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

Denise LeDuc, executive director of the Amherst Housing Authority, said developing six regional authorities throughout the state is way too ambitious.

-- The Associated Press


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