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1 Mega Millions ticket from big jackpot is unclaimed in California

September 18, 2012 |  1:04 pm

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With only one week left before the Mega Millions tickets expire, one winning ticket remains unclaimed.

One of the two remaining unclaimed tickets, sold at Hollywood Bazaar on the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard, trickled in Monday, according to lottery spokesman Alex Traverso.

Almost six months after a record-setting $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials have watched 28 winners who matched five of six numbers come forward to claim their $227,955 prize.

Some showed up at lotto offices immediately after the March 30 drawing. Others waited months to turn in their ticket and fly under the radar.

In previous interviews with The Times, Traverso speculated the unclaimed tickets were probably lost.

“Every day that goes by, the odds increase that the ticket is lost,” Traverso said. “It’s not an amount of money where you want to wait and figure out your financial situation. It’s a nice prize, but it’s not life-changing.” 

The remaining unclaimed ticket was sold at Fox Liquors in San Francisco, according to a statement last month. No California lottery players matched all six numbers for the grand prize. The winning ticket will expire Sept. 26, and the unclaimed funds will be transferred to California schools.

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Photo: A Mega Millions ticket. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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