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Winner of $23-million SuperLotto Plus jackpot, come get your prize

October 31, 2012 | 12:56 pm

SuperLotto Plus jackpot winner

The California State Lottery is looking for a woman they believe won a $23-million jackpot thanks to a SuperLotto Plus ticket she purchased five months ago from an east Palmdale convenience store.

But the lucky winner has yet to claim her prize and she has less than a month left to do so.

The mystery woman, featured in the above surveillance photograph, is believed to have bought the winning ticket for the May 30 draw at Michael’s Market & Liquor at 37935 47th Street East in Palmdale, according to a statement issued Tuesday by lottery officials.

The winner matched all six numbers -- 14, 7, 26, 31, 23 and Mega 5, the statement said.  But if she does not come forward to claim the jackpot prize by close of business Nov. 26, the unclaimed millions will be transferred to California schools, lottery officials said.

Jackpot winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim the prize.

The liquor store where the ticket was purchased will still receive a bonus of one-half percent, or $115,000, for selling the winning ticket, according to lottery officials. If the winner were to choose the cash option, the estimated amount would be $16.9 million, they said.

According to the agency, in an effort to connect lottery customers with their winnings, the California Lottery has started sending out photos of apparent winners of unclaimed prizes. In the fiscal year 2011 to 2012, more than $20.5 million in winnings went unclaimed, lottery officials said.

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-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: California Lottery officials believe the woman in this surveillance video photo could be the $23-million SuperLotto Plus jackpot winner. Credit: California State Lottery

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