• Ed Gaines

Woman Says $26M California Lottery Ticket Was Destroyed in the Wash

The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize may have literally washed the chance of a fortune down the drain.



The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it.



Nobody did.


Store employee Esperanza Hernandez explained that a woman came in Wednesday and told workers that she had put the ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry.



The store’s manager says surveillance video showed the woman who bought the ticket, and she's known to store workers.


A copy of the surveillance video was turned over to California Lottery officials.



The claim will be investigated.


Lottery officials say someone who believes he or she is a winner must complete a claim form. But if someone loses a ticket, they must provide evidence that they owned it, such as a photograph of the front and back of the ticket.



The winning numbers were: 23, 36, 12, 31, 13, and the mega number of 10. The $26 million prize can be taken in annual installments or as a $19.7 million cash option.


If the prize isn't claimed, the $19.7 million will go to California public schools.


The store that sold the ticket will receive a $130,000 bonus.





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It's uncommon for large jackpots to go unclaimed.


Four prizes of $20 million or more haven't been claimed since 1997, including a $63 million prize from 2015.





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