Every year, North Dakota lottery players don't cash more than $300,000 worth of winning tickets.

The state lottery's most recent financial report is out. It shows that gamblers didn't redeem almost $331,000 worth of lottery winners in the last budget year.

Lottery Director Randy Miller said the total includes a $10,000 Powerball ticket that the buyer didn't turn in.

Gamblers have to cash a winning lottery ticket within six months. Then the prize expires. In the last five years, the value of expired lottery prizes has been as high as $392,000.

Miller said most of the uncashed winners are only for a few dollars, and people don't check their tickets or forget to turn them in.