If you've had the same lottery tickets on your hands for the past several months, never getting the chance to check if they're winners, it may be in your best interest to take that next step.

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The New Jersey Lottery announced today that two winning Mega Millions tickets worth $250,000 and one winning Powerball ticket worth $200,000, all purchased in the Garden State, will expire this month if they are not claimed. Prizes are forfeited one year after the draw date.

The Mega Millions, $250,000 unclaimed tickets are from the following drawings:

Draw Date: Dec. 23, 2011

Winning numbers: 03, 05, 08, 18, 29, the Mega Ball: 14, Megaplier: 4

Retailer Location: The ticket was purchased at Orange Liquors (#206342), Scotland Rd., Orange, Essex County

Draw Date: Dec. 27, 2011

Winning numbers: 23, 32, 33, 39, 43, the Mega Ball: 8, Megaplier: 3

Retailer Location: The ticket was purchased at Street Corner News (#285161), Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, Monmouth County

The Powerball, $200,000 unclaimed ticket is from the following drawing:

Draw Date: Dec. 24, 2011

Winning numbers: 14, 16, 30, 51, 52, the Red Ball: 19, Powerplay Multiplier: 2

Retailer Location: The ticket was purchased at Milleries Food Market (#289132), Rancocas Rd., Mt Holly, Burlington County.

If you happen to be one of the lucky winners, contact Lottery Headquarters immediately at 609-599-5889 or visit a local Lottery retailer to file a claim.