How checking old, potential winning lottery tickets has never been easier

A Mega Millions ticket is seen as a person makes a purchase inside a convenience store, ahead of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing of $1.55 billion, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Kennesaw, Ga. There now have been 31 straight drawings without a big jackpot winner. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart) (Mike Stewart, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Do you have piles of old lottery tickets, but don’t know if any of them are winners? Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to check to see if old tickets are winning ones without going to the store.

The Texas Lottery mobile app allows people to scan tickets — even those from drawings in the recent past — to check for winners if those tickets have previously gone unchecked.

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The app also allows people to pick and save lucky numbers and create a play, get updates on jackpot amounts, view winning numbers for all Texas lottery draw games and locate licensed lottery retailers.

It’s been lottery fever around the country, with the Powerball drawing now up to an estimated $1.73 billion ($756.6 million cash option) for Wednesday’s drawing.

The allure of so much cash sent millions around the country rushing to get tickets for not only that jackpot, but other prizes.

While the drawing has understandably made a lot of people dream in the past few days, there have been past instances where winning the lottery has turned into a nightmare for people.

But that still hasn’t deterred many people who have tried their luck, and now players have more reason than ever to hang on to older tickets that haven’t been checked because of the app.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, it was incorrectly reported that the app allowed people to play games daily and purchase drawings.

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