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$23-million SuperLotto Plus jackpot still unclaimed, clock ticking

November 1, 2012 |  8:55 am

The lucky winner of a $23-million SuperLotto Plus jackpot has yet to claim her prize with less than a month left to claim the prize.

She purchased the ticket five months ago from an east Palmdale convenience store, California Lottery officials say.

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

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 0.5%, 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 fiscal year 2011 to 2012, more than $20.5 million in winnings went unclaimed, lottery officials said.


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