Throwing away your lottery ticket could mean losing out on thousands of dollars

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OKLAHOMA CITY - If you didn't win the Mega Millions drawing last night, you're not alone.

You have a greater chance of being hit by an asteroid than you do of winning the jackpot.

In fact, the odds of winning an Academy Award are 1 in 11,500.

The chance of being attacked by a shark is 1 in 11.5 million and the odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 259 million.

Even if you didn't win the big jackpot, you still have a chance at a smaller prize.

In fact, experts say you have a 1 in 15 chance of winning something by getting the correct Mega Ball.

However, lottery officials say around $800 million goes unclaimed each year.

Victor Gonson said, "I don't even know where it is. I gave it to someone. They might have won. I don't know."

Ashley Thomas said, "I think the most we've given was $8 so far, but I wish I would have won it."

The Oklahoma Lottery Commission said there were 213,373 winners in the state Tuesday night.

Someone at the EZ -Go store in Lawton won $20,000.

Five people won $5,000 in Muskogee, Atoka, Norman, Wister and Del City.

Sarah Lavalis said, "Oh, I checked it. I didn't win anything."