Someone bought a lottery ticket in Colorado Springs and missed out on life-changing money

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - If you buy a lottery ticket, don't let it go to waste if it's a winner!

After learning about a $3 million ticket that sold at a Monument 7-Eleven a couple of weeks ago, 11 News found out someone bought a winning Lucky For Life ticket in Colorado Springs that expired.

In early January, the Colorado Lottery was trying to alert the person who purchased the ticket through social media. Colorado Lottery said the winning Lucky For Life ticket was sold on July 16, 2018. The ticket was worth $25,000 a year for life. It was sold at a King Soopers on N. Union Blvd.

Colorado Lottery says winners have 180 days from the time of the drawing to claim their prize. That Lucky For Life ticket went unclaimed.

Even though someone missed out on life-changing money, Colorado won big.

Here is how lottery funds are distributed:

-50% to the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund
-40% to the Conservation Trust Fund
-10% to Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund was capped at $66.2 million in the fiscal year 2018. Funds that exceed that go to the Colorado Department of Education, Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund.

If you bought a Colorado lottery ticket in Monument recently, you may have won a major jackpot!

The Colorado Lottery announced on social media a $3,294,737 winning ticket sold in Monument. It was sold at a 7-Eleven along Highway 105. The winning numbers were 1-4-20-25-30-31 for Jan. 16, 2019.