A $250,000 winning lottery ticket that was sold in Flint is close to being worthless.

Mlive says that a Mega Millions ticket purchased on March 29, 2013 at Southend Market with the numbers "25-31-36-46-53" and a "Gold Mega Ball" number of 21. According to the Michigan State Lottery, since it was sold, no one has come forward to claim the prize. A lottery official says someone must claim it by March 31, 2014 or it will become scrap paper.

Apparently the owner of the market isn't holding out hope however. Issa Yacoub, who stands to be paid $2,000 for selling the winning ticket if it is claimed, thinks it was probably thrown out.

Can you imagine missing out on $250,000? Have you ever thrown something out that turned out to be valuable? Even by mistake?