THE winner of a $26million California Lottery prize may have destroyed her chance at fortune.
An investigation is under way in connection with a ticket purchased at a convenience store ahead of the drawing on November 14, 2020.
What happened to a $26M California lottery ticket?
The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the November 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in Norwalk, California.
The last day to redeem the ticket was May 13, 2021, but no one did.
However, store employee Esperanza Hernandez told the Whittier Daily News that a woman came in on May 12 and said the ticket was destroyed in the laundry.
The claim will be looked into and a copy of the surveillance video was turned over to California Lottery officials, according to KTLA.
However, the manager told the TV station that the store recorded over the original version and does not have the footage.
Officials told KTLA that the video would not be enough to verify the purchase of the winning ticket.
“Every claim of this size, if it is not turned in, will be investigated,” Cathy Johnston of the California Lottery Center told the Whittier Daily News.
Someone who believes he or she is a winner must complete a claim form, officials say.
If someone loses a ticket, they must provide considerable evidence that they owned it.
The winning numbers were: 12, 13, 23, 31, 36, with a mega number of 10.
The $26million prize can be taken in annual installments or as a $19.7million cash option.
The nearly $20million would go to California public schools if the prize is not claimed.
Four prizes of $20million or more have not been claimed since 1997, California Lottery spokesman Jorge De La Cruz told the Los Angeles Times.
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